Cyclone Nivar: Heavy rain lashes India as storm approaches


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widespread flooding in Chennai due to heavy rains and overflowing rivers brought the city to a standstill.



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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts Melbourne as rain lashes state


“The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.”

However, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Russell said Melburnians will likely see more rain over the next few hours before it eases to a drizzle on Monday morning.

“There will be rain with occasional thunder for the majority of Melbourne. In the next two hours [from 7pm] it will mostly clear the Melbourne area but we will still see further rain return to the city in the early hours of Monday morning and there may also be lightning,” he said.

“By the time most people get up it should have eased to drizzly rain and there won’t be much of it by late morning.”

There will then be a “rollercoaster of temperatures” throughout next week, however it will stay mostly dry.

Ballarat copped a drenching on Sunday, recording 26.4 millimetres of rain. Most of this – 22 millimetres – fell in the half hour to 5.45pm. The average November rainfall for Ballarat is 55 millimetres.

The weather station at Bullengarook, near Bacchus Marsh, recorded 19 millimetres of rain on Sunday in about an hour.

On Sunday night, the State Emergency Service was advising those in affected areas to check any loose outdoor items are secured and vehicles are under cover or away from trees.

They also advised residents to stay indoors and away from windows, and to avoid travelling if possible.

In the Melbourne area, the SES had 36 call outs in the six hours to 8pm, with the Melton and Craigieburn units the busiest. Of the 36 requests for help, 19 were for building damage, ten were for flooding and six for trees down.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Central, Mallee, South West and North Central districts, with warnings for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall.

The thunderstorms are being cause by a broad trough sitting right across Victoria, creating a warm and unstable air mass, Mr Russell said.

The strongest winds gusts recorded on Sunday were 89 km/h at Yarrawonga 1.06pm, 87 km/h at Rutherglen 1.44pm and 78 km/h at Albury Airport at 2.22pm.

Casterton recorded 10 millimetres of rain in 9 minutes around 3pm, and Hamilton recorded 9.4 millimetres in 6 minutes around 4pm.

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for parts Melbourne as rain lashes state


“The situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.”

However, Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Russell said Melburnians will likely see more rain over the next few hours before it eases to a drizzle on Monday morning.

“There will be rain with occasional thunder for the majority of Melbourne. In the next two hours [from 7pm] it will mostly clear the Melbourne area but we will still see further rain return to the city in the early hours of Monday morning and there may also be lightning,” he said.

“By the time most people get up it should have eased to drizzly rain and there won’t be much of it by late morning.”

There will then be a “rollercoaster of temperatures” throughout next week, however it will stay mostly dry.

Ballarat copped a drenching on Sunday, recording 26.4 millimetres of rain. Most of this – 22 millimetres – fell in the half hour to 5.45pm. The average November rainfall for Ballarat is 55 millimetres.

The weather station at Bullengarook, near Bacchus Marsh, recorded 19 millimetres of rain on Sunday in about an hour.

On Sunday night, the State Emergency Service was advising those in affected areas to check any loose outdoor items are secured and vehicles are under cover or away from trees.

They also advised residents to stay indoors and away from windows, and to avoid travelling if possible.

A severe thunderstorm warning is also current for parts of the Central, Mallee, South West and North Central districts, with warnings for damaging winds, large hailstones and heavy rainfall.

The thunderstorms are being cause by a broad trough sitting right across Victoria, creating a warm and unstable air mass, Mr Russell said.

The strongest winds gusts recorded on Sunday were 89 km/h at Yarrawonga 1.06pm, 87 km/h at Rutherglen 1.44pm and 78 km/h at Albury Airport at 2.22pm.

Casterton recorded 10 millimetres of rain in 9 minutes around 3pm, and Hamilton recorded 9.4 millimetres in 6 minutes around 4pm.

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Hurricane Eta Lashes Nicaragua With Severe Rain, Causing Deadly Landslides



At least two people have died in Nicaragua after Hurricane Eta battered Central America on November 3, local media reported. Confidencial said two miners died due to a landslide caused by the heavy rain in the municipality of Bonanza. The storm also killed at least one person in Honduras, local media reported. Eta made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center, but has since been downgraded to a tropical storm. Video filmed by Puerto Cabezas resident Rocky Maybeth Castillo shows trees moving in the strong winds, accompanied by heavy rain, after Eta made landfall in Nicaragua. A second video shows damage to the city as conditions remained severe. Credit: Rocky Maybeth Castillo via Storyful



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Trump lashes out after Obama mocks him for being ‘jealous of Covid’s media coverage’ – live | US news


When I put my hand on the Bible at my inauguration, it did not occur to me that less than two years later, I would have to tell my daughters about a plot against me. But earlier this month, I learned that a multistate terrorist group was planning to kidnap and possibly kill me. Law-enforcement announced charges against 14 people as part of the plot. As jarring as that was, just over a week later, President Donald Trump traveled to Michigan, and when a crowd chanted ‘Lock her up’ after he mentioned me, he said, ‘Lock them all up.’

I am not surprised. I have watched the president wedge a deeper divide in our country; refuse to denounce white supremacists on a national debate stage; and launch cruel, adolescent attacks on women like Senator Kamala Harris and public-health leaders like Anthony Fauci. And while I won’t let anything distract me from doing my job as governor, I will not stand back and let the president, or anyone else, put my colleagues and fellow Americans in danger without holding him accountable.



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Wild weather lashes South Australia, cuts power to Eyre Peninsula properties


Wild weather and fierce lightning storms have moved across parts of South Australia including Eyre Peninsula, cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses.

SA Power Networks spokesperson Paul Roberts said more than 10,000 properties were without electricity at the peak of the outages, with Whyalla among the worst-affected spots.

“There’s been about 20,000 ground lightning strikes on the Eyre Peninsula since early yesterday,” he said.

“We have several crews patrolling lines at the moment.”

The Whyalla steelworks was among businesses impacted, after “a lightning strike on the incoming feeder”.

“We were able to return to our regular power supply within minutes. There were no injuries,” a spokesperson for operator GFG said.

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SA Power Networks said power has since been restored to many of the affected homes, but hundreds are still without supply.

Ceduna on the state’s west coast this morning recorded more than 30 millimetres of rain in less than three hours.

Further north, outback publican Trevor Wright was called in to help outback tourists stranded in the wild weather.

Mr Wright yesterday drove nearly two hours to rescue a family, including two children under the age of two, who were stuck in a broken-down van south of his home town of William Creek.

“The wheel was shredded, it needed mechanical repair and was unserviceable,” he said.

Thousands of lightning strikes have caused mass power outages.(Supplied: Tam Schwedt)

He said he was concerned that the combined impact of COVID-19 border restrictions easing, a wet summer, and fewer hospitality workers in remote areas could result in less support for travellers who may get stuck.

“People want to be extremely cautious, take the right precautions, because I don’t think there’s going to be the backup in the timespan we’ve seen in the past,” he said.

“Over the summer this year I think there’s going to be less people working in the outback, purely because there were less tourists coming through.

“If roads become impassable for long periods of time, people need to be aware they could be stuck out there for hours to days.”

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Mr Wright said remote phones were often unreliable.

“There’s going to be a few more people who’ve never done travel in the remote areas, going out there and doing it without actually looking at what’s required with the planning side of it.

“You could have a catastrophic situation occur.”

That family was not the only the group to run into trouble during the storms — the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) at Marree was called out to rescue travellers who got stranded on the Birdsville Track after puncturing a tyre.

RFDS spokeswoman Natalie Szabo said travellers needed to be properly prepared for outback travel.

“Always check your vehicle, take adequate food and water and tell someone your travel plans,” she said.

“When travelling in very remote areas, always carry a satellite phone as regular mobile phones will not work.”

The Bureau of Meteorology said the rain was set to continue across northern districts this afternoon, with localised falls expected to peak at up to 100 millimetres.

It has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and localised flooding for large swathes of the state.



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Stephen Silvagni lashes out at Carlton over ‘disrespectful’ and ‘amateur’ handling of exit as Blues list manager


“What hurt me the most … probably when your president has a chat to you and he says I’ve fought for you, that the CEO felt as though I would sabotage the trade and draft period,” Silvagni said.

“I hate talking about myself, but when you’ve played for a club for 17 years and you put your body on the line and supported the club all your life, for a person to say you’ll sabotage the trade and draft period, and for me, an outsider that’s come into the club and doesn’t know a lot about the club or me, that was probably the most disappointing out of everything that happened.”

At the time of his departure, the club released a media statement claiming there was a conflict with Silvagni managing the list given two of his sons – Jack and Ben – were at the club.

“The difficult decision to not enter into a new contract with Silvagni as GM list management and strategy centred around the increasing complexity of having two sons on the playing list,” the club a statement said at the time.

“The situation is not only a conflict for the club’s GM list management and strategy, but equally for those who work in and around him in the football department.”

Speaking in a paid interview on SEN on Wednesday morning, Silvagni said: “Looking back at the press release, it put the boys under the bus and it was amateur, to be honest. It lacked any respect about how you handle people on the way out. It was probably the most hurtful thing.

“That was probably the most hurtful thing. I think your two biggest assets at a football club are your supporters and your players.

“It got messy in the end and throughout the year I was talking to the president about moving on. That decision was made for me and that happens in footy clubs.”

The younger of the two Silvagnis on Carlton’s list – Ben – has been delisted after two years without playing a game, and while Jack is contracted for next season it remains unclear if he is in the long-term plans of coach David Teague.

Silvagni said the immediate future of son Jack remained uncertain.

“I really haven’t spoken to him about it, he’s his own person. My view is … when a club actually puts more pressure on that player than they should through a season, I find that frustrating.”

Silvagni also criticised the club over its approach to recruiting fan favourite Eddie Betts.

“Ultimately I look back and we all agreed that Eddie Betts should come to Carlton, but it was at a price. We all agreed on that but when someone from above decides to change those rules … our list wasn’t in a good state and neither was our salary cap,” he said.

Liddle has been contacted, but the club has declined to comment, privately stating it is not in anyone’s interests to be dragged into a war of words.

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Biden Lashes Out at CBS Reporter for Asking About Hunter Biden Emails



Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to explicitly respond to the bombshell emails obtained by the New York Post, alleging a direct link between the then-vice president and his son Hunter’s lucrative business dealings with Ukrainian gas conglomerate Burisma.

When Biden was leaving Michigan Friday night, CBS Reporter Bo Erickson asked him about the story claiming Hunter introduced Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to Burisma, to then-VP Biden – who was in charge of U.S. policy towards Ukraine – in 2015.

Hunter was also serving on the board of Burisma when the alleged meeting took place, and he was getting paid tens of thousands of dollars each month.

“I know you’d ask it. I have no response. It’s another smear campaign, right up your alley, those are the questions you always ask,” Biden replied, sounding annoyed.

CBS Reporters Ed O’Keefe and Paula Reid came out in defense of their colleague for questioning the Democrat presidential nominee, who rarely speaks to the press.

Although the Biden campaign has denied that the former VP ever met Pozharskyi officially, it has not denied ever meeting the man.

“We have reviewed Joe Biden’s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post, ever took place,” Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement, Politico reported Wednesday.

“Biden’s campaign would not rule out the possibility that the former VP had some kind of informal interaction with Pozharskyi, which wouldn’t appear on Biden’s official schedule,” Politico added.

Senior Biden advisers, including Michael Carpenter and Amos Hochstein, who served the former VP at the time of the meeting, also said that Biden might have met the Burisma executive in an unofficial capacity.

Hunter’s work for Burisma between April 2014 and April 2019, while his father served as vice president, raised eyebrows among some Obama-era officials who saw it as a conflict of interest.

The VP’s son serving on the Burisma board was at the center of the Democrat efforts to remove U.S. President Donald Trump from office during the impeachment proceedings.

Former VP Biden has claimed he never spoke to Hunter about his business dealings overseas.

Former VP Biden has also denied any Burisma-related conflict of interest or wrongdoing by him or his son despite members of the Obama administration warning that it looked terrible that Hunter was working at a Ukrainian company that U.S. officials believed to be corrupt.

In an ABC News interview, Hunter himself admitted that his father’s political position helped him secure the lucrative appointment to Burisma’s board of directors.

The senior Biden boasted in 2018 about threatening to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees to Ukraine as VP in 2016 if the Eastern European country did not fire its top prosecutor, who wanted to investigate the owner of Burisma for corruption.

Big Tech, namely Facebook, Twitter, and Google, have tried to censor the New York Post story.





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Tasmania Fire Service chief lashes union over alleged ‘degrading’ behaviour


Senior staff within Tasmania’s fire department are refusing to meet with union representatives after an explosive meeting that the state’s fire chief alleges left employees “anxious and concerned”.

Tasmania Fire Service chief officer Chris Arnol emailed all staff this week to lash United Firefighters Union for behaviour he said “can only be described as inappropriate and degrading”.

“No-one needs to raise their voice, talk over, use aggressive tones and body language, and continually interrupt others to get their point across,” he said, in in an email obtained by the ABC.

“This is not the first time this type of behaviour has occurred and is far more than ‘minor’ as the UFUA claims, which is evidenced by the distress it has caused a number of people on the receiving end,” the text reads.

“Until … this pattern of behaviour stops, the Deputy Secretary [of the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management] has advised the State Fire Commission that Business and Executive Services employees will not attend meetings with representatives of the UFU.”

Mr Arnol’s email said he supported the department’s position, calling on TFS employees to “speak up” if they witnessed disrespectful behaviour.

Not all TFS personnel are happy with Mr Arnol’s intervention.(ABC RN/Jess Davis)

Neither the TFS nor United Firefighters Union would comment more specifically on the allegations.

However, some staff appeared to take umbrage at Mr Arnol’s all-staff email.

Tasmanian Fire Service chief Chris Arnol on stage behind a podium
Chris Arnol said he was committed to working cooperatively with the United Firefighters Union.(Supplied: Rose Grant)

One employee who identified themself as a union member replied to suggest that if the matter involving union representatives was serious, it should be referred to police.

“If you are requesting a ‘commitment to values’ for union members, can I suggest a commitment of ‘no deliberate delay’ by all negotiating,” the person wrote.

Another person replied: “Also over the years this has been happening with some senior management but no-one has been concerned then.”

A third employee raised four points of concern related to broader workplace health and safety issues — including the promotion of a staff member facing serious criminal charges, which have apparently since been dropped — saying issues were not confined to the union’s conduct.

Another example was alleged slow progress on four hazard reports related to remote firefighting concerns.

“Where is the plan and desire to actually reconfigure our bush firefighting capability to meet the needs of today [let alone tomorrow],” the person wrote to Mr Arnol.

“None of the above should diminish the seriousness of the incident you have alluded to … it’s just that it’s a bit disrespectful of the organisation to pick and choose when to play the game.”

In a statement to the ABC, Mr Arnol said he was committed to working cooperatively with the United Firefighters Union.

“However, in recent times there have been several instances of disrespectful and intimidatory behaviour towards members of staff displayed by some members of the UFUA (Tas),” Mr Arnol said.

United Firefighters Union Tasmania senior industrial officer Leigh Hills declined to make broad comment while an internal TFS inquiry was underway.

“A work health and safety issue was raised in regards to the United Firefighters Union and we’re currently dealing with that via the state fire commission,” Mr Hills said.



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