Police call for assistance to help to find wanted man Jakob Johnson after serious crash at Daw Park


Police want the public’s help to find wanted man Jakob Johnson after a serious crash at Daw Park, south of Adelaide, last week.

Just before 6:15am last Tuesday, police allege a patrol car spotted a black Commodore sedan speeding north along Goodwood Road.

The Commodore collided with a white Toyota Corolla at the intersection of Goodwood Road and Dudley Street moments after the patrol turned on its flashing lights.

The driver of the Corolla — a 40-year-old man from Daw Park — was taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

A 31-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the Commodore, was taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

The Corolla was badly damaged in the crash on Goodwood Road. (Supplied: SA Police)

Police said the driver of the Commodore fled after the crash and despite an extensive search officers were unable to find him.

Police believe Mr Johnson could be using a stolen 2016 grey Isuzu DMax with the registration plate WNZ-291.

He is described as a 22-year-old Caucasian man, who is about 175 centimetres tall with a slim build, short brown hair and distinctive tattoos on his face.

Police consider Mr Johnson to be dangerous and have warned members of the public not to approach him.

Anyone who sees Mr Johnson or who is aware of his whereabouts is urged to call the police assistance line on 131 444 or 000 if it is an emergency.

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SA Police believe Jakob Johnson could be driving a stolen 2016 Isuzu DMax with the registration plate WNZ-291. (Supplied SA Police)

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Touch Of The Fumbles: Coasting


I’ve never quite hated West Coast as much as I should.

I mean, there was a period there, in the mid-to-late noughties, when it seemed we just couldn’t beat them, even when all commonsense suggested we should.

That was pretty annoying.

And that was preceded by the defining two years of our post-’98 malaise, when our (almost) all-conquering side under Neil Craig twice fell short against the Eagles in a pair of preliminary finals, the second of which remains one of the most traumatic experiences in my history of football fandom.

But, even then, I didn’t really blame West Coast.

In 2005, it was our own stupid fault for losing to St Kilda in the first week of the finals, which meant we drew the Eagles in the prelim instead of Sydney, who we’d beaten at home earlier in the year.

And in 2006, it was our own stupid fault for not losing to Freo in the first week of the finals, which meant we drew the Eagles in the prelim instead of Sydney, who we’d beaten at home earlier in the year.

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And while we suffered some dastardly thrashings over the years at the Eagles’ hands (or talons, I suppose) – to this day, the mere mention of the name Scott Cummings sends a cold shiver down my spine – we also managed to dispatch them en route to not one but two flags in the late ‘90s.

Which, to be frank, remain the only two flags we’ve won.

The last time our number 32 crashed into this many West Coast players in Perth, we won the minor premiership. And then lost the prelim to them a few weeks later. Photo: Richard Wainwright / AAP

Not to mention the fact that we produced perhaps the finest quarter of football Adelaide has ever played against them one fine Perth afternoon in 2002.

Trailing by 40 points at three-quarter-time, the Crows kicked an astounding nine goals in the final term in one of the most scintillating bursts I’ve ever seen them conjure.

It was majestic.

Unfortunately, they also let the Weagles kick five of their own, so they comfortably lost the game regardless, but still – pretty good, nonetheless.

Anyway, the point is that I bear West Coast no particular ongoing grudge, and moreover that sometimes losing to them can still be a strangely positive experience.

As was the case yesterday.

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Indeed, I can’t recall feeling so upbeat about a fairly routine loss since… well, since the last time we played the Eagles.

Which, in hindsight, may have been the game in which we turned the corner in the midst of our interminable 2020 losing extravanganza.

Not to mention that Reilly O’Brien snared himself a snazzy new mobile phone in the process.

Reilly O’Brien kept his match day notes to himself this year, thanks to a brand new iPhone. Photo: Richard Wainwright / AAP

But it was the match in which we glimpsed signs that would hold us in fine stead for our eventual drought-breaking victory against the Hawks – for, as North proved again this week, the trick to ending losing streaks is to play Hawthorn (Round 20, Adelaide Oval – lock it in).

And again yesterday, this was a loss that held far more positive signs than negative.

A loss that reaffirmed, yet again, our Season 2021 mantra:

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The intent was there, typified by the effort of debutant Ronin O’Connor with his eight tackles.

And other players elevated from the SANFL performed solidly: Shane McAdam, Chayce Jones and… um, Billy Frampton.

Well, anyway:

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In fact, McAdam could have considered himself lucky to be selected, given he was dumped for doing not much and continued to do not much in his sole SANFL outing.

But, with two small forwards out injured, the stocks were bare.

The Crows posted footage during the week of O’Connor being told he was playing a senior game, which was all very nice.

They didn’t post anything about McAdam being told he was getting a recall, but I think this was about the gist of it:

Of course, McAdam’s inclusion would have been hotly debated by the selection committee, given he was dropped after a few quiet games and hadn’t exactly responded with a gauntlet-throwing statement in the reserves.

But in the end, the case for playing him was overwhelming:

Still, it proved to be a selection masterstroke, because Shane was back to near his best, taking screamers, harassing defenders and kicking goals. Having gone back to the reserves to find his form and failing, it turned out he found it in the seniors instead.

The margin never blew out beyond 35 and, in the end, the Crows lost to West Coast in Perth by a modestly-respectable five goals – the exact amount kicked by Eagles forward Jack Darling in a bizarre second-term burst, in which he briefly threatened to unleash a Crows savaging of Scott-Cummings-circa-2000 proportions.

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Those sadistic bastards The Footy Gods were clearly on his side, too, because he still managed to find the big sticks even when he spilled marks or idiotically attempted to dribble the ball straight into a Crows defender after taking a comfortable grab a mere few metres out from goal.

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Anyway, the fact remains, there was a lot to like on the weekend.

And none more so than:

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Yes, Port’s mid-season transition from premiership-contending colossus to minor irritant continued with a loss at home to the Bulldogs, who surged in the first and third quarters, and again late in the fourth to claim a solid win.

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It was not so very long ago I was thinking of calling this year’s premiership race in the Power’s favour (a worst-case scenario that we probably have to concede could well occur at some point in our lifetimes), but nine rounds in and they’ve only managed to beat one side currently ensconced in the top eight – and even that was a contentious two-point win at home against the notoriously-flaky-except-when-it-counts Richmond.

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I must admit, I was a tad annoyed about Geelong yet again pulling off a scrappy win against the haphazard Saints on Friday night, but as the weekend drew to a close I could suddenly see the upside of it:

Everything happens for a reason, after all.

Even our recent annoying narrow losses against Freo and the Hawks, which kickstarted what is now becoming a full-blown losing streak.

Port showed some spark, but unfortunately it was before the game had actually started. Photo: Michael Errey / InDaily

For, much as we were briefly entranced by our 3-1 start to the season, the fact remains that the Crows are a work in progress, and we should temper expectations accordingly.

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But at least, for now, our mission to once again become a half decent team appears akin to Rachel Hunter’s age-old quest for hair so healthy it shines:

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Which just leaves one small, but rather fundamental question unanswered.

When?

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Australian model Adut Akech takes legal action over South Sudanese Facebook page posts



South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech has said she is taking legal action against the owners of a Facebook page for “defamation of character”.

On Thursday, Akech posted on her Facebook page that her lawyers had reached out to the owners of the Juba Eye Facebook page, which labels itself the “biggest South Sudan national, political, celebrity gossip, sports and entertainment news website”.

She said she had “kept her mouth shut” for almost a year while the page posted “steady” harassment of her.

She did not identify which posts she was referring to, but the Juba Eye page had posted what it claimed was an interview with her on May 10 and 11.

“I am booked and too busy living my life and dreams to pay any mind, especially to such uneducated, stupid people,” she said in her Facebook post.

Akech said her lawyers had reached out to the unnamed team behind the page to let them know that she was suing them for defamation of character.

“Juba Eye your time is up! I’ve just about had it to my core and today this stops,” she said.

“To the illiterate, disgusting pieces of s*** behind this page, you got the right one today I’ll tell you that.”

Page issues public apology

On Saturday night, the Juba Eye page released an “official apology”.

The statement said the page was “legitimate in our endeavours to deliver the most accurate and unbiased news” to people in South Sudan.

“As a multinational page across many borders, authenticity should be our first priority. Our incentives are very clear, and that’s to engage in what does not in any way subordinate any person, organisation or ethnicity,” the statement read.

“We take it on our chin that Juba Eye is fully responsible for the actions that have led the model to her animosity and antitrust.”

Akech spent part of her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to Adelaide with her family at the age of seven.

She has modelled for Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Prada and Versace and was named in Time magazine’s “Most Influential Teens of 2018”.

She was also selected by British Vogue guest editor Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, as one of 15 women on the cover of the Forces for Change edition in 2019.

That same year, Melbourne’s Lord Mayor met with Akech after a public relations agency employed by the council sent the wrong photo of the model to a celebrity magazine.

At the time, Akech said she felt “angry” and “disrespected” after Who magazine used the photo of model Flavia Lazarus and claimed it was her.

The public relations agency, OPR, and Who magazine later released statements apologising for the mistake.

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Matthew John Freeborn jailed for having sexual relationship with student


A former music teacher has been jailed for having a sexual relationship with a student, which an Adelaide District Court judge described as an “appalling breach of trust”.

Matthew John Freeborn, 45, was sentenced to four-years-and-two-months’ jail with a non-parole period of two years and four months for having a sex with a student at a Fleurieu Peninsula school over a seven-month period.

Freeborn read a letter to the court ahead of the sentence, apologising for his behaviour.

“I offer my profound apologies for my gross dereliction of my duties as a teacher,” he told the court.

“I failed to see my actions for what they were — an illegal relationship with a vulnerable student in my care.

“Although I know the difference between right and wrong, I chose a course that had grave consequences.

“I acknowledge and apologise for the pain and suffering I have caused her — I sincerely hope in time that she’s able to recover from the emotional scars of this traumatic period and she finds happiness.”

He also apologised to his former employer, ex-wife, current partner and children.

Judge scathing of teacher’s conduct

During sentencing, Judge Joanne Tracey said Freeborn tried to blame his victim for the relationship.

She said he told a psychologist that his former student was confident, highly intelligent, mature and had a “supermodel-like appearance” before describing himself as naive and overwhelmed.

Judge Joanne Tracey said Freeborn abused his position of power over his student.(

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“You said your conduct was not predatory because it was a relationship of love and affection … and you didn’t force her to do anything against her wishes,” she said.

“You were a teacher in a position of authority — the strength of your position is what made you attractive to her.”

Judge Tracey said Freeborn lent his victim a book which had “graphic sex scenes” in it and explored the theme of a teacher-student sexual relationship.

She said he then suggested she start playing an online game about advanced music theory, which was how the pair started communicating outside of the classroom.

“She believed you loved her and had her best interests at heart,” she said.

“The shame she has carried for so long is not hers to carry. This was an appalling breach of trust.”

Judge Tracey said the offending was “very serious”, but she took into account that Freeborn had no previous convictions, and the student was nearing the end of her schooling when the relationship started.

Freeborn will be eligible to apply for parole in June 2023.

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What we know today, Sunday May 16


Today’s breaking news from South Australia, the nation and abroad.

Questions over India repatriation testing

Doubt has been cast on the positive COVID-19 test results that saw a raft of Australians denied an opportunity to return from India.

At least three Australians prevented from boarding a flight from New Delhi to Darwin because they tested positive have since tested negative for coronavirus.

In addition a laboratory used to pre-screen passengers previously had its accreditation suspended by India’s laboratory board.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison hit back at calls for Australians to be brought home from overseas whether they have tested positive for COVID-19 or not.

About 80 returnees are now in quarantine in the Howard Springs facility in the Northern Territory after they landed from India on Saturday following the lifting of the travel ban from the virus-ravaged country.

The plane was only half full because more than 40 people who tested positive pre-flight along with about 30 of their close contacts were barred from returning.

The prime minister conceded India is a very difficult environment to operate in right now.

“We will work closely with Qantas who are obviously conducting that testing regime as part of their process and they will get every support from us,” Mr Morrison told reporters in Gladstone, Queensland on Sunday.

But he said it was essential to have a rigorous testing regime when coming to Australia, whether it is India or other countries like the UK.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said Australians in India are very frustrated and while they are there, they are exposed to real health concerns.

He said if Australians had been brought home by last Christmas as the government had promised, they wouldn’t be COVID positive now.

“If Scott Morrison had of kept his commitment, they wouldn’t be exposed to this danger,” he told reporters in Narangba, Queensland.

The next government-facilitated flight is expected into Darwin on May 23, bringing up a total of 40 such flights since March 2020.

Meanwhile, coronavirus-related restrictions across Greater Sydney will ease from midnight on Sunday after NSW recorded another day of zero locally-acquired COVID-19 cases.

Frydenberg promises no post-election cuts

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg insists he is not seeking to cut spending after the next federal election after his big budget cash splash last week.

The treasurer’s third budget does not forecast a surplus in at least the next decade and continues to edge towards a trillion dollars of debt.

Repeatedly asked on ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday whether the government intends cutting spending after the election – which will be held in the next year – Mr Frydenberg said: “We are focused on the here and now”.

“We are not seeking to cut spending after the next election. We are always striving to balance the books and we did it before and we will do it again.”

The budget spent almost an extra $100 billion over the next four years, all but wiping the additional revenue received due to a stronger than expected economic recovery and a spike in iron ore prices.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese doesn’t believe the tactics of the treasurer or Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“Quite clearly, Scott Morrison has a plan to just get through the next election and then we’ll see cuts, because we know from this government, just like we saw in 2014 when it first came to office, that they will make cuts, they will return to type,”  he told reporters in Narangba, Queensland.

Mr Frydenberg said about half of the new spending is temporary, such as extending the low and medium income tax offset (LMITO) for another year.

The other half is on long term commitments on aged care, disability support, mental health and women’s safety.

Mr Frydenberg is sticking by the stage three income tax cuts that are due to start in 2024/25, even though they were legislated when the budget was in far better shape and heading towards a surplus before the pandemic.

The cuts lower the 32.5 per cent and 37 per cent marginal tax rates to 30 per cent and flatten the tax structure for people earning between $45,000 and $200,000, costing the budget around $130 billion.

But he avoided saying whether people earning less that $80,000 would be worse off when the LMITO ends and the stage three tax cuts begin, despite being pressed many times by Insiders host David Speers.

Vic MP’s conduct ‘inappropriate’: Merlino

The Victorian acting premier says reports a government MP used their parliamentary office for sex are concerning but had been addressed by the Speaker’s office.

Acting Victorian Premier James Merlino says a government MP’s purported use of their parliamentary office for sex was distressing and inappropriate but he won’t endorse a formal ban on sexual activity in parliament.

The government has raised concerns about the accusations with Victorian Speaker Colin Brooks, with a spokeswoman saying this was “the appropriate avenue to make or refer complaints about MP conduct”.

Mr Brooks is leading a cross-party process to develop a new framework for MP conduct intended to include new and independent avenues for complaints.

Mr Merlino on Sunday told reporters he didn’t want to pre-empt Mr Brooks’ proposals but admitted he was concerned by the MP’s reported conduct.

He had not yet spoken to the MP in question.

Mr Merlino also said the matter had been dealt with by the Speaker’s office.

“The conduct was inappropriate, it doesn’t reflect community values (and) concerns were raised with the Speaker,” Mr Merlino said.

The Liberal opposition on Saturday called for Mr Merlino to name and shame the MP at the centre of the reports but he did not do so.

Liberal finance spokesman Matthew Guy told reporters on Sunday he was horrified that some MPs were “treating parliament like a bordello”.

Israel destroys AP and Al Jazeera offices

Israel has destroyed a 12-storey tower block in Gaza housing the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, saying the building was also used by the Islamist militant group Hamas.

The al-Jalaa building in Gaza City had been evacuated after the owner received advanced warning of the impending strike on Saturday.

A Palestinian journalist was wounded in the strike, Palestinian media reported, and debris and shrapnel flew dozens of yards away.

The Israeli military said its “fighter jets struck a multi-story building which contained military assets belonging to the intelligence offices of the Hamas terror organisation”.

AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt called the strike “an incredibly disturbing development”.

He said a dozen AP journalists and freelancers had been in the building and had been evacuated in time.

“We are shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organisations in Gaza,” he said in a statement.

“The world will know less about what is happening in Gaza because of what happened today.”

The US government said it had told Israel to ensure the safety of journalists.

“We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tweeted.

The acting director general of Al Jazeera Media Network, Dr Mostefa Souag, called the strike “barbaric” and said Israel should be held accountable.

“The aim of this heinous crime is to silence the media and to hide the untold carnage and suffering of the people of Gaza,” he said in a statement.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus rejected the notion that Israel was seeking to silence the media. “That is totally false, the media is not the target,” he told Reuters.

Conricus said Hamas might have calculated that by placing their “assets” inside a building with news media offices in it “they probably hoped that would keep them safe from Israeli attack”.

Another Israeli bombardment killed more than 15 Palestinians in Gaza, medics said, including a woman and four of her children who died when their house in a refugee camp was hit.

Five others died, with others wounded.

Whyalla steelworks at risk as Gupta faces fraud probe

There are fresh concerns for the future of the Whyalla steelworks as GFG Alliance owner Sanjeev Gupta faces an investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, including links to failed finance company Greensill Capital.

The SFO is looking into suspected fraudulent trading and money laundering at companies in the GFG Alliance which also has coking coal operations in NSW.

The SFO probe will include the links to Greensill, which entered administration earlier this year.

“The SFO is investigating suspected fraud, fraudulent trading and money laundering in relation to the financing and conduct of the business of companies within the Gupta Family Group Alliance (GFG), including its financing arrangements with Greensill Capital UK Ltd,” the investigators said in a statement.

Gupta’s companies were among the main clients of Greensill Capital before it collapsed earlier this year.

Labor MP Eddie Hughes for the electorate of Giles said the latest development “just adds to the uncertainty in Whyalla” and the 2,000 workers at the steelworks.

“It’s the only integrated steelworks in the nation that produces structural steel and rail, so it is an integral part of our sovereign manufacturing capacity,” Mr Hughes told the ABC.

The SA Government says it is monitoring the situation closely.

GFG Alliance’s Australian refinancing partner White Oak Global Advisors said its efforts to refinance Liberty Primary Metals debt is subject to financial due diligence and acceptable governance.

GFG’s reliance on Greensill caused many to worry that it might itself be at risk following the finance firm’s demise.

Earlier this week Greensill founder Lex Greensill, an Australian, and former British prime minister David Cameron, who lobbied for the company, appeared before the UK parliament over lobbying concerns.

India flight passengers begin quarantine

About 80 people have begun quarantine at Howard Springs after arriving on a half-full Australian repatriation flight from India.

Repatriated Australians who arrived on the first flight from virus-ravaged India since a travel ban was lifted are starting their second day of quarantine.

About 80 returnees are understood to have made it onto the eight-and-a-half hour Dehli flight, which touched down about 9.25am AEST on Saturday.

But more than 40 people who tested positive pre-flight along with about 30 of their close contacts were barred from returning on QF 112, which had a COVID-safe capacity of 150 seats.

The returnees were transferred on two buses to the Howard Springs quarantine facility, where they will spend the next two weeks.

More than 9000 Australians are registered as wanting to return, with about 900 of them said to be desperate or vulnerable.

The next government-facilitated flight is expected into Darwin on May 23, bringing up a total of 40 such flights since March 2020.

Both PCR and rapid antigen tests are a prerequisite for being able to board.

The 26 per cent positive rate among the 150 people considered for Saturday’s flight is far higher than the 3.5 per cent rate registered in passengers on flights in March.

National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre executive director Len Notaras says those who were unable to get on the Qantas Dreamliner will have to reapply to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for a seat on another flight.

Flights from the subcontinent were suspended in late April when positive COVID cases from India at Howard Springs skyrocketed.

The facility can handle about 100 positive cases, but AUSMAT and NT Health who run the facility are aiming to keep that number at 50.

Driver arrested after fleeing Aldinga Beach crash

A driver who crashed a stolen car and fled the scene in South Australia has been arrested after he was spotted by a member of the public.

A member of the public has helped police track down a driver who fled the scene of a crash in South Australia.

Emergency workers were called to Aldinga Beach south of Adelaide about 7.15am on Saturday after the stolen sedan crashed and rolled on Main South Rd, bringing down powerlines.

Witnesses told officers a man extracted himself from the car and fled, sparking a search involving a police dog and helicopter.

A 27-year-old man was arrested shortly after noon at nearby Pages Flat Rd at Sellicks Hill, after he was spotted by a member of the public.

Police believe a rifle and ammunition found buried at a property near the crash site are linked to the man, who has no fixed address.

He is expected to be charged with illegal use/theft of a motor vehicle and displaying unassigned plates.

Police say the man is expected to be refused bail to appear at Christies Beach Magistrates Court on Monday.

Tasmania’s Labor leader to step down

Tasmanian Opposition Leader Rebecca White will not re-contest the party’s leadership following Labor’s third consecutive election loss.

Ms White announced her decision to stand down on Saturday, saying it had been an honour to lead for four years but a change in leadership was required to be competitive at the next state election.

She endorsed shadow treasurer David O’Byrne as her successor with a decision likely within the party in coming days.

Ms White had originally indicated she would continue leading the Tasmanian Labor party after the state election, however she said that changed after a week of internal conversations.

The outgoing opposition leader will stay on as an MP.

China lands spacecraft on Mars

China has landed a spacecraft on Mars for the first time, a technically challenging feat more difficult than a moon landing, in the latest step forward for its ambitious goals in space.

Plans call for a rover to stay in the lander for a few days of diagnostic tests before rolling down a ramp to explore an area of Mars known as Utopia Planitia. It will join an American rover that arrived at the red planet in February.

Xinhua said the entry capsule entered the Mars atmosphere at an altitude of 125 kilometres, initiating what it called “the riskiest phase of the whole mission.”

A 200 square metre parachute was deployed and later jettisoned, and then a retro-rocket was fired to slow the speed of the craft to almost zero, Xinhua said. The craft hovered about 100 metres above the surface to identify obstacles before touching down on four buffer legs.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a congratulatory letter to the mission team, called the landing “an important step in our country’s interplanetary exploration journey, realising the leap from Earth-moon to the planetary system and leaving the mark of the Chinese on Mars for the first time. … The motherland and people will always remember your outstanding feats!”

The rover, named after the Chinese god of fire Zhurong, is expected to be deployed for 90 days to search for evidence of life. About the size of a small car, it has ground-penetrating radar, a laser, and sensors to gauge the atmosphere and magnetic sphere.

Bulldogs down Port to take AFL top spot

Another Marcus Bontempelli masterclass has propelled the Western Bulldogs to a spirited 19-point win against fellow AFL flag fancies Port Adelaide.

Bontempelli’s 26 disposals featured two goals and seven inside-50s in his side’s 15.6 (96) to 12.5 (77) triumph in Saturday night’s high-class affair at Adelaide Oval.

The Doggies’ renowned midfield was in top form: Bontempelli, Liberatore, Jack Macrae (32 disposals), Adam Treloar (26), Bailey Dale (23), and Bailey Smith (25) were prolific ball-winners.

Forward Aaron Naughton booted four goals and took a trademark hanger of a mark.

Port on-ballers Ollie Wines (32 disposals) and Travis Boak (30 possessions), and defender Darcy Byrne-Jones (24 touches) were gallant, while Mitch Georgiades, Charlie Dixon and Orazio Fantasia kicked two majors each.

Melbourne can regain top-billing with a win over Carlton on Sunday, while Port slip from third to fifth after their third loss of the season.

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National photo competition captures pain, humour and humanity of COVID-19 pandemic


A poignant image of a daughter and her elderly mother separated by a window pane, captures a universal experience of COVID-19.

It’s one of a series of striking photos a national photographic competition highlighting life during the pandemic.

Run by the NSW Mid North Coast Local Health District, the theme of the Your Health Link contest  is “We’re all in this together, keeping safe and healthy during the pandemic”.

It drew almost 2000 entries from across Australia, including every state and territory.

Margaret Edwards’s image of her twin sister at a window “visiting” their elderly mother during lockdown in Melbourne won the mobile category.

“It was very hard because she had trouble hearing and it was very hard for her to hear us and talk to her meaningfully. 

“The message I am trying to convey is, we are all in it together during the pandemic and we are all trying to support each other.” 

Open category winner “My family self-portrait in lockdown”.(

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Life turned upside down

Lucia Staykov, from Adelaide, said the pandemic had turned her family’s world on its head.

She won the competition’s open category with a quirky image titled “My family self-portrait in lockdown”.

“I took this photo when Adelaide was in a strict three-day lockdown,” she said. 

“We didn’t mind spending time with each other even though COVID has turned our world upside down.”

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“Suffero”, the high school category winner.(

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‘Reconnect and rebuild’

Wollongong’s Toby Schuback received the high school winner’s trophy for “Suffero”, showing a man and woman about to share a meal.

“I never dreamed that I would win any photo competition,” he said. 

He said the pandemic posed challenges for his family, but things had now improved greatly.

“My mum was a casual teacher and she didn’t have any work because everything was online,” he said.

“We are better than ever [now] really, everything is going just fine.”

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Primary school category winner “Isolate together, family matters”.(

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The primary school award went to Sonya Clarke, from Sydney, for her photograph “Isolate together, family matters”. 

The competition also included a people’s choice award via the Your Health Link Facebook page.

Aurelia Susilo from Wollongong won that category with her image “The virtue of togetherness”.

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Many of the images reflected the way families had adapted and maintained connections during lockdowns.

Amy Strobach, from Stanthorpe, Queensland, placed third in the mobile category for her touching image “Papa keeps up the routine from the other side of the world”.

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Competition organiser and Your Health Link Program Manager, Carolyn Guichard said the submitted photos were outstanding.

“The judges were impressed with the unique and creative images that showed how the world has changed due to the global pandemic, and ways we’ve adapted,” she said. 

“We received a range of entries and a broad range of themes…some of them very funny, some depicting isolation, physical activity, working from home and people’s experiences in regard to their mental health during this period.

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“Never forget” placed second in the open category.(

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Judge Toni Fuller said the best images stood out for the right reasons:  “Including an emphasis on love, consideration and caring for one another,” she said.

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“Immersion” placed third in the open category.(

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Queen Elizabeth II jokes with sculptor, discusses vaccine rollout in first video call to Australia


Meeting with Queen Elizabeth often involves a large entourage and plenty of pomp and ceremony — but there was little of that, and some light humour, in a video call to Australia.

The Queen made the call to South Australian Premier Steven Marshall, Governor Hieu Van Le and sculptor Robert Hannaford on Wednesday last week.

Footage of the video call was released by Buckingham Palace this morning.

Governor Van Le said he understood that it was the Queen’s first video call to Australia.

“We are so honoured to be receiving this call from you,” he said.

The Queen expressed delight at her likeness in the statue, created by the South Australian sculptor, which has been unveiled at Government House in Adelaide.

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During the call, Mr Hannford presented the Queen with a scale model, or maquette, of the statue.

“That’s very kind … I’m glad it’s not quite as big as the original,” she said.

Mr Marshall briefed the Queen on the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations, which are being administered to frontline workers, South Australia’s response to the pandemic and the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

The Premier said the state was “getting almost back to a sense of normality”.

“We have the Adelaide Festival of Arts on at the moment, we have the Adelaide Fringe on … I think this year they could be the largest in the world again,” he said.

The Queen said it sounded “very good”.

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Mr Hannaford told ABC Radio Adelaide’s Ali Clark and David Bevan he travelled to the UK before the COVID-19 pandemic hit for a sitting.

“My wife and I were invited to Windsor Castle for a sitting with the Queen for the sculpture,” Mr Hannaford said.

He had a brief sitting of 15 minutes with the Queen, which he said turned into about half an hour.

“I had time to do five different drawings of her in the round,” he said.

“On the Zoom the other night, she said it looked lovely.

“At the time during the sittings I had an opportunity to have a bit of a chat with her.

“It means a lot … she is probably the most famous person I have ever portrayed.

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13-year-old boy dies in incident involving garbage truck in South Australia




A boy who was asleep in an industrial bin has died, after the bin was collected by a garbage truck at Port Lincoln on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.

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Stealing the show with life hacks for teens


Young inventor Josh Cartledge’s latest gadgets go a long way towards solving some of the big problems of teenage life: how to eat pizza without getting your hands greasy and a foolproof method to stop youths sleeping in too late on weekends.

The Lower Mitcham teen began his journey from curious kid to emerging inventor about four years ago when he began attending electronics workshops at the STEMSEL club in the Adelaide CBD.

Josh, 14, is passionate about programming and electronics and is studying Year 10 at Glenunga International High after jumping from Year 8 in 2020.

“I undertook an online engineering course recently and I made some things from that,” he says.

“My idea was a pair of pizza tongs that could grip the pizza and allow you to eat it without getting your hands greasy, which is pretty dumb.”

But his creative contraptions don’t end there.

“On the weekends I sleep in too much so I am creating a bed-mounted arm with a spray bottle on the end that has a motor attached to it,” Josh explains.

“An ultrasonic sensor is at the end of the bed and if it detects that the distance from the end of my bed to the front of my bed is as it should be then it doesn’t spray. But if it detects you are still in bed it sprays you with water.”

Josh Cartledge road tests his pizza-eating tongs.

Through the Peel Street-based STEMSEL Club, which is an acronym for Science Technology Engineering Maths Social Enterprise Learning, Josh is helping teach programming and electronics to other students in Adelaide and via zoom sessions with students in Cameroon, Malaysia and Nepal.

His first major invention – a web-connected sensor that uses soundwaves to measure levels in rainwater tanks – won him first prize at the 2019 Royal Adelaide Show STEMSEL tech competition.

The prize included a trip to the 2020 International Invention, Innovation and Technology Exhibition (ITEX) in Malaysia and although Josh could not attend in person due to the coronavirus pandemic, he sent a six-minute video demonstrating his invention and took out the Asian Young Inventors Best Invention Award last November.

It is the second time in recent years  a STEMSEL student has won a major prize at the Malaysian competition. Max Weir also won the Secondary Level section of the competition after inventing an automated compost bin monitoring system in 2019.

Josh is also a talented mathematician.

“I have always enjoyed programming and electronics and I play a lot of video games in my spare time,” he says with a cheeky grin.

“I’m not sure whether it’s about inventing new things – all ideas have been thought of before – but I’m just making ideas into reality.”

Entries for this year’s Technology & Stem Inspired Competition at the Royal Adelaide Show open on Friday (May 21) and STEMSEL is encouraging young inventors to enter.

Planning is well underway for this year’s show, which will return to the Adelaide events calendar from September 4-12 after a year off due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

Competition categories have now started to open, with many of the 60 sections now officially accepting online entries.

General Manager Michelle Hocking said expectations were high for this year’s competitive entries.

“2020 saw many of us spending more time at home, which for some meant the opportunity develop hobbies and passions such as cooking, art and craft and gardening,” she said.

“We’re anticipating that these renewed interests will flow into the show’s competitive sections.

“Entering one of the show’s competitive sections is a great way to be a part of the show.”

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Dame Nellie Melba footage found in Adelaide law firm


Rare footage of Dame Nellie Melba has been found in an Adelaide law firm by a lawyer moving into a new office.

The 1927 film is the longest surviving footage of Dame Nellie Melba in Australia, before her death a few years later.

Adelaide patent lawyer Don Angus found the eight-minute-long film in a box of old items when he was cleaning up a retired firm partner’s office several years ago.

He left it there for another year before taking a proper look and realising the possible significance of his find.

He then contacted the National Film and Sound Archive, which today published the footage on its website ahead of the 160th anniversary of Dame Nellie’s birth next Wednesday.

It depicts the soprano with family members at her home Coombe Cottage, in Coldstream, in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

Dame Nellie Melba at Coombe Cottage in 1927 with her pet cockatoo Cocky.(

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Mr Angus also had a connection to the late singer, he grew up nearby in Lilydale, and his mother was friends with Dame Nellie’s granddaughter Pamela Vestey.

“What a serendipitous find that a lad who grew up in Lilydale becomes a law firm partner, finds a film from Lilydale and it’s the longest film of Dame Nellie Melba.

“If it was someone else, would they have understood the significance?

“A lot of people might have seen Dame Nellie Melba [and realised] but maybe not.”

It is not clear how the film got into the Collison and Co office, but Mr Angus believed it may have belonged to an unknown previous partner who died.

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Dame Nellie was one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian era and the early 20th century, perhaps best known for her performance as Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme, at the Royal Opera House in London in 1899.

She was the first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical vocalist, and one of the first stage performers to be made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire.

She died in Sydney in 1931.

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