New West Coast recruit Zac Langdon has inadvertently broken West Australia’s strict COVID biosecurity protocols, with the club forced to apologise for the breach.
After sealing a move to the Eagles in the recently-completed trade period, the club organised for a treadmill to be delivered to the property where the small forward was completing 14 days of home quarantine.
An external delivery company carried the treadmill through the house, breaking his quarantine requirements.
“The treadmill was unfortunately carried through (Zac) Langdon’s residence to an outdoor patio area by the delivery company,” a West Coast statement read.
“Langdon has subsequently been tested and found to be COVID-free. The delivery personnel also isolated, but were cleared to resume work.”
Langdon, 25, played 31 games in three seasons for the Giants before being traded to West Coast in exchange for pick 54.
The Morrison government accidentally says the quiet part very, very loud when it emails out 10,000 words of in-house talking points to journalists. Plus other tips and murmurs from the Crikey bunker.
Look who’s talking Not for the first time in the Morrison government, some poor schmo has this morning accidentally emailed out the day’s talking points to Australia’s journalists. Ten thousand words of dot points ensuring the party of individual liberty is all on the same page while creating the simulacra of being interviewed. (Tipsters, if you hear a pollie employ the phrase “getting Australians out from under to doona”, please let us know.)
As ever, the most interesting sections are the “IF ASKED” notes, a sign to what’s worrying the government at the moment. So following Senator Gerard Rennick’s seeming assertion on Sky News that the Coalition doesn’t support any federal integrity commission — even the relatively supine one that it is actually proposing — MPs are directed to say Rennick has since “clarified” his comments.
That was then Another talking point MPs have been asked to hammer home is the party’s “deep concern” about “the mental health impacts of a prolonged lockdown on Melbourne residents”. Indeed, they’ve already been mining this, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg yesterday tweeting that his “message to the premier of Victoria today and every day, is please understand the significant impact the harsh lockdown is having on the mental health of Victorians”. Meanwhile, acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge tweeted out stats about the devastating impacts of lockdown on mental health.
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Justice Department records obtained and published by Judicial Watch on Friday show that senior members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team repeatedly and “accidentally” wiped data off phones assigned to them, according to the conservative watchdog group.
Judicial Watched obtained 87 pages from the DOJ in response to a September 2019 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the DOJ and the FBI for a December 17, 2018, request for:
All records related to the hardware, software and contents of mobile phones issued to FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for their use while they served on the investigative team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller;
All records of communication (whether on government or non-.gov email accounts and whether using real names or aliases), with FBI officials relating to the hardware, software and contents of mobile phones issued to FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for their use while they served on the investigative team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
According to the records Judicial Watch received, 27 phones used by members of the Special Counsel team were reported wiped clean of all data prior to a review by the Special Counsel of phones used by Mueller’s teams for records-preservation purposes.
Twenty of those phones were reported wiped clean of data due to “accidental wipe,” often from entering the wrong password too many times.
Several other phones were wiped after they were placed in airplane mode and could not be unlocked because the password was allegedly forgotten, including two belonging to lead prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, and phones belonging to two of his deputies, Kyle Freeny and Rush Atkinson.
One phone was wiped clean without explanation.
Both phones used by Strzok and Page had been “restored to factory settings.”
Strzok and Page, who were engaged in an extramarital affair, both served on the Special Counsel team when it was stood up in May 2017, and left later that summer.
The DOJ inspector general investigating the FBI for potential bias first discovered a gap in text message data collection from between December 15, 2016, through May 17, 2017, from phones issued to Strzok and Page, and tried to recover those messages.
The IG also asked the Special Counsel’s office for phones that had been assigned to Strzok and Page. Strzok’s phone had already been “reset to factory settings” and “reconfigured for the new user to whom the device was issued,” and Page’s phone had already been reset but not reassigned.
According to the DOJ records, Page’s phone was first “not found.” Then after it was found and given to the IG, it had already been “restored to factory settings.”
A Special Counsel records officer who had reviewed Strzok’s phone upon his exit had written: “No substantive texts, notes or reminders.”
Justice Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement, “The pandemic of ‘wiped’ phones among the Mueller team requires a criminal investigation of this destruction of evidence and potential obstruction of justice and other crimes.”
“The DOJ and FBI hid these records for nearly two years – which only adds to appearance of a cover-up,” he said.
FILE PHOTO: Golf – European Tour – Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – St Andrews, Scotland, Britain – September 29, 2019 England’s Luke Donald during the final round Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith
May 5, 2020
(Reuters) – Europe captain Padraig Harrington let slip that former world number one Luke Donald is one of his vice-captains at this year’s Ryder Cup during a live broadcast on Tuesday.
Harrington was on the Sky Sports Golf Show discussing, among other things, whether this year’s event would have to be played without fans present due to the COVID-19 pandemic when he let the cat out of the bag.
“I’m trying to be prepared as much I can,” he said. “I’ve had phone calls today with (Ryder Cup director) Guy Kinnings and yesterday I talked to Luke, my new… whoa, I possibly said the word, then… one of my vice-captains.
“Is this live? That is not to be announced yet!”
Donald tweeted a clip of the interview, accompanied by the message: “I thought this was supposed to be a secret @padraig_h,” prompting a reply from his skipper.
“Sorry about that. News was too good to keep under wraps! Welcome to the Team,” Harrington responded.
Donald joins Sweden’s Robert Karlsson as part of Harrington’s brain trust for the biennial event, which is scheduled to take place from Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.
The 42-year-old Donald has never finished on the losing side as a player in four Ryder Cup appearances, winning 10-1/2 points from his 15 matches.
Donald also served as vice-captain alongside Harrington under Thomas Bjorn when Europe regained the Ryder Cup by beating the United States at Le Golf National in 2018.
(Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)