US election 2020: Final Trump vs Biden debate was more civil than the first – but both landed firm blows | US News

Phew! We actually got to hear some substance.

After their first debate was dominated by rancour and interruptions, this time Joe Biden and Donald Trump were far more focused and restrained.

They were deftly assisted by a moderator who asked considered but thoughtful questions, who was firm without being rude and who respectfully followed up with fact checks when they were needed.

But the debate wasn’t short on attack lines and we saw two candidates deliver starkly different closing arguments on reshaping the immigration system, two divergent prognoses on coronavirus and polar opposite views on climate change.

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Biden clashes with Trump over COVID-19 shutdowns

On COVID-19, Trump promised it was “going away”. Biden by contrast, called for much more stringent federal action to prepare for a “dark winter”.

Predictable takes, but there was one surprise – the president for the first time saying “I take full responsibility” for the impact of the virus. He did also blame China immediately after.

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Trump, Biden…and Abraham Lincoln

On immigration and race, Mr Trump appeared to land some blows, reminding the audience that it was the Obama administration that built cages to house immigrant children and Joe Biden himself who voted for the controversial Crime Bill in 1994 that saw many black men imprisoned for unduly lengthy sentences.

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That could well resonate with black male voters who have long felt alienated by the political class and have haunting memories of that period in US history.

Trump’s opponent was able to return fire, if not quite as overtly, highlighting “institutional racism” and making clear children separated from their parents were not, as the president argued, “well taken care of”. They were in fact effectively made orphans with many still waiting to be reunited.

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What was most memorable and perhaps most effective, was Mr Trump casting Biden as a creature of “the swamp”, brandishing the unproven allegations about Mr Biden’s son, Hunter, to accuse his rival of personally taking money from foreign interests.

An investigation by Senate Republicans found no evidence that Mr Biden, the former vice president, engaged in wrongdoing over his son’s business dealings. But Trump clearly believes the story is his best chance of undermining Biden in these final days.

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The president put in a strong performance, at times appearing to have the upper hand. That may help to win over some in the wildly small group of undecided voters.

But the polls would suggest he needed a knock-out blow and it didn’t quite feel like that.

He has closed the margins in key states in recent days and he won in 2016 without ‘winning’ the debates.

But the battle lines are more fixed than they were then and reshaping them with just one debate alone seems unlikely.

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Coronavirus Australia news: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson resume US trials of COVID-19 vaccine

AstraZeneca has resumed the US trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine after approval by American regulators.

An oversight panel has recommended that Johnson & Johnson resume its trial as well.

AstraZeneca’s US trial was paused on September 6 after a report of a serious neurological illness in a participant in the company’s UK trial.

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Audience comment by Lockdown birthdays

Happy 18th birthday Mary-Jane. My daughter had her 21st at home here in Melbourne last Saturday. Not the party she hd envisaged but a quiet dinner with 4 of us. But after lockdown she is planning to celebrate with friends and she brought herself lots of presents online to make up for it. Enjoy your day 😊

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What is going on with the [alleged] four new Victorian cases?



Alicia your post below says there are four new cases in Preston but dhhs and the blog haven’t released any vic numbers for the day so what’s going on there?



Yeah, confusing.


We are trying to clarify. 


Stand by! 

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Life after lockdown outside the ring of steel


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Regional Victoria has become a land of its own – locked in by state borders and Melbourne’s quarantine zone, different rules apply here. And people are making the most of it.


Audience comment by The rains are here

Did Dan make it rain on GF day to stop people gathering??? Does he have such powers??? That’s awesome!!

Audience comment by Birthday shoutout

Can we get a shouting for Mary-Jane who is spending her 18th birthday in lockdown in mel.

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Happy Grand Final Day<br>Go the Cats!!

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Here is yesterday’s coronavirus live blog

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Dear Ireland, a second coronavirus lockdown will be tough but be brave and go on





ABC Radio Melbourne’s fabulous Virginia Trioli has penned some words of advice for Ireland.


Among many nuggets of wisdom is this:


“I’m sorry Ireland, but just like your mum might have told you when you came down with the measles – this is going to get worse before it gets better.”


Read the whole letter here.

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The dilemma of being asked to return to the office… or warehouse/worksite, etc. 

Good morning Alicia. My husband has been working from home since the start of April. His boss recently said he will be expected to work from the office when restrictions ease on November 2nd. The third and last steps in the roadmap state if you can work from home you must. His boss says that it is a recommendation to work from home, not compulsory. Can you please advise whether it is compulsory or a recommendation. Thanks.

-Concerned wife

Hi there Concerned wife,

I can definitely understand your anxiety.

The Victorian Government has clear guidelines online that state an employer must support you to work from home, if you can work from home. 

The website states:


“If your place of work is permitted to operate and if you cannot do your work from home, then you can go to work. You will need to have a Permitted Worker Permit.


“However, you should consider flexible working arrangements with your employer, including off-peak travel.


“If you are unwell, you must stay at home.

“If you have any symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, you should get tested.”


“You and your employer should work together to identify if you can work from home.


“Workers can raise concerns about being asked to return to work through the Police Assistance Line (PAL) on 131 444.


“If a complaint is made, the employer would need to show why the employee cannot work from home.”


It’s a tricky situation but there are avenues for your husband to be supported to stay at home.


Best of luck!

By Alicia Nally

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Four new Preston cases: COVID-19 update for northern metropolitan Melbourne


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The Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging all East Preston Islamic College and Croxton School families and staff to get tested at any testing centre in Melbourne, immediately even if they do not have symptoms, and stay home until they receive their results.


There have been an additional four cases in the Preston area. One case is a student at East Preston Islamic College


There will be a drive through testing centre operating at the East Preston Islamic College from today. Both schools will remain closed for the next two weeks. 


The community can access testing sites at the following locations: 

  • Broadmeadows Central Shopping Centre at north carpark 1099 – 1169 Pascoe Vale Rd, Broadmeadows from 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Coolaroo Respiratory Centre at 512 Barry St, Coolaroo from 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Melbourne airport, Terminal 4 Level 2 (Mercer Dv exit off Tullamarine Fwy) from 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Craigieburn Health Service, 274 – 304 Craigieburn road from 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Highlands Hotel at 301 Grand Boulevard, Craigieburn from 9:30am – 4:30pm
  • Austin Hospital at 145 Studley Rd, Heidelberg from 8:00am – 8:00pm
  • Banyule Community Health at 21 Alamein Rd, Heidelberg West from 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Banyule Community Health at 14 – 32 Civic Drive, Greensborough from 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Northland Shopping Centre at Target carpark via Murray Rd, Preston from 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • CB Smith Reserve at 79 Jukes Rd, Fawkner from 9:00am – 4:00pm


Additional pop-up testing sites will also be announced in Hume, Banyule and Darebin in the coming days.


In addition, we are testing a number of secondary close contacts at Sirius College and Ilim College. They are connected to separate close contacts who will be tested again over this weekend. 


The Department is working closely with community and faith leaders from across Melbourne to ensure everyone is aware of the importance of getting tested as the best way to fight this virus.


By Alicia Nally

Victorian family ‘devastated’ after boy unknowingly took coronavirus to Melbourne school, principal says


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The family at the centre of a COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne’s north are so devastated and shaken by the situation, they have considered leaving the area, the principal of East Preston Islamic College says.


The college and Dallas Brooks Community Primary School have temporarily closed, and hundreds of potential contacts are in isolation, after a year five boy tested positive for the virus.


A mix-up led to the child attending the Islamic College on Monday and Tuesday, prompting doctors and community leaders to question whether health authorities were providing clear communication to coronavirus cases from multicultural communities.


Jessica Longbottom has the whole story here.

By Alicia Nally

Rainbow lorikeets to brighten a rainy Melbourne day

Good morning Alicia, rainy day here in Melbourne. Could you please post a GIF of a rainbow lorikeet?

-Rainbow lorikeet

By Alicia Nally

Sending positive vibes to Victoria


Spotted this tweet and thought it was pretty good.


We miss you Victoria/ns and we can’t wait to traipse around Bourke St Mall, hop on a tram, dip a toe in the surf at Torquay, sip on a crisp Yarra Valley pinot…


You get the drift.


Professor Devi Sridhar is the chairwoman of Global Public Health at Edinburgh University Medical School and tweeted: “One of these places used July to October to ramp up testing & tracing & enforce strict border measures (& will return soon to largely normal daily life & join a Pacific/East Asian travel bubble).”


Hint…it’s not France or the UK.


By Alicia Nally

Key Event

US trials of COVID-19 vaccines resume





AstraZeneca has resumed the US trial of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine after approval by US regulators.


An oversight panel has recommended that Johnson & Johnson resume its trial as well.


AstraZeneca’s US trial was paused on September 6 after a report of a serious neurological illness, believed to be transverse myelitis, in a participant in the company’s UK trial.


US Health and Human Services Deputy Chief of Staff Paul Mango also told reporters he was optimistic a US trial by J&J would resume.


J&J paused its large, late-stage trial last week after a study participant became ill and the company said an independent safety panel was investigating.


AstraZeneca trials in the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa resumed last month even as the US Food and Drug Administration continued its investigation into the case.


AstraZeneca’s vaccine is being developed along with researchers at Oxford University.



By Alicia Nally

Welcome to the ABC News Australia coronavirus live blog for Saturday, October 24


Alicia Nally here with you this morning.


Nic McElroy will join us a bit later.


We’ll have all the national and world news about coronavirus coming through right here.


Do send through questions, gif requests, recipe ideas…I’m all ears!


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Appeal for information after child approach – Medowie – 16 News

Police are appealing for information after reports of a child approach in the Hunter region yesterday.

About 5.40pm (Thursday 23 October 2020), a seven-year-old boy was walking in Willow Close, Medowie, when a man riding an orange and black motorbike pulled up beside him.

Police have been told the male rider asked the boy to get on the bike. He refused and walked away. The man then conducted a U-turn and drove out of Willow Close in an unknown direction.

The incident was reported to officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District who commenced an investigation.

As inquiries continue, police would like to speak to a man who may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The man is only described as having greyish coloured hair and wearing a khaki-coloured back-pack.

Police are appealing to anyone who might have been in the Medowie area yesterday and either saw the motorbike or has dash-cam footage, to come forward.

Inquiries are continuing.

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Brisbane Lions trade news, delist five players, Cedric Cox

The Brisbane Lions have swung the axe after their preliminary final exit, with the club advising five players they will not be offered contracts next season.

The Lions suffered an 11.16 (82) to 6.6 (42) loss to the Geelong Cats on Saturday evening, denying the club of a rare home Grand Final at the Gabba.

Less than a week later, five players in Brisbane’s roster have been informed they won’t be required next season.

Sam Skinner, Matthew Eagles, Toby Wooller, Jacob Allison and Corey Lyons will need to find another home if they want to continue their AFL career next season.

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Eagles was the winner of Fox Footy reality television show “The Recruit” in 2016.

On Wednesday, Lions veteran Allen Christensen announced his retirement after 68 games with the club.

Christensen won a premiership at Geelong in 2011 before signing with Brisbane a few years later.

General Manager of Football David Noble said in a statement: “When we inform players they are not remaining with the club, it is difficult, when it is quality young men that have worked hard to improve and added to your culture and environment it is even more difficult.

“We wish all our departing players, their partners and their families good wishes and thank them sincerely for their efforts.”

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Meanwhile, Lions young gun Cedric Cox has requested a trade to his home state of Western Australia.

After he was selected as Pick 24 in the 2016 draft, Cox played eight games in his debut season, but has only been chosen for five games in the three years since.

The 23-year-old didn’t play a single match in the 2020 premiership.

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AFL Grand Final 2020 preview | Richmond Tigers vs Geelong Cats, stats, analysis, who will win, tactics, keys to victory, news

Footy’s ultimate prize is just 100 minutes away.

It’s a fitting showdown for Richmond and Geelong, the two best teams of the last two years, and it’s clear the Grand Finalists have been preparing for this very match-up.

We run through the keys to success for both teams and where the flag will be won and lost.

For so long, the Tigers have defined modern footy with their dominant intercept game, allowing them to control territory and score from it.

But after their qualifying final loss to Brisbane, there was a clear personnel shift, and it has flipped their style on its head.

“We’ve seen over the years, you want territory – that’s how you win big finals,” Brisbane great Jonathan Brown said on Fox Footy’s Ultimate Preview.

“Richmond started their run as a territory team, a forward-half turnover team when they won in 2017.

“And just remember last year, they won the Grand Final with absolute dominance around the stoppages against what was last year’s best stoppage team in GWS.”

The Tigers’ centre bounce line-up now typically includes some combination of Dion Prestia, Shane Edwards, Trent Cotchin and Dustin Martin – a switch for Dusty, who has spent plenty of time in the goalsquare this year.

It’s the centre bounces where the Tigers now dominate, with the 6-6-6 rule forcing even numbers. However around the ground, they’re less impressive.

Perhaps even more stark is the change in how Richmond is generating territory.

Having focused on winning the ball via turnover in the home and away season, the Tigers are now getting it at the source and pushing forward.

“It’s a shift in the investment of your stars. You’re moving your higher-quality players up to the stoppage, so you’re going to win them more often than not,” Brown said.

“That’s a huge shift. That’s taking pressure off your defence, and giving your small crumbing forwards repeat opportunities to score.”

It doesn’t matter where they’re winning the ball – Richmond just wants to get it forwards. Fast.

The key to this success in the finals series has been through what David King coined the ‘Tiger line’, which is the area of the ground just inside the centre square where they can do the most damage.

“Any time you see a handball go from the logos into the corridor, to the wing line, they’re queuing up,” King explained on Fox Footy.

“And then the game goes from first gear to overdrive straight away. The forwards light up. Opposition plus-ones or loose men are rendered useless, and they get good quality one-on-ones when they go in.

“With the ball in contest, they’re getting themselves ready, and this is where the speed comes in. It’s super aggressive.”

But it’s not unstoppable. Brisbane found success in the qualifying final by focusing on halting this sort of ball movement.

It’s not clear whether the Cats have the right personnel to do the same thing though. As detailed below, Chris Scott’s side has sped up its own ball movement this finals series, but they can’t reach Richmond’s heights.

“If Geelong want to go fast, they’ll (Richmond) keep going faster, because they’ve got a higher speed limit than any other team,” Brown said.

All year the Cats had great success running out games, with their older bodies clearly enjoying the shortened quarters.

They were dominant after halftime, turning slender leads into thumping wins.

However something has changed in their two finals victories – they’re starting well, instead.

It’s an impressive and important shift, as seven of the last 10 Grand Finals have been won by the team that led at quarter-time.

It also means the Cats can play their preferred game style and dominate possession, going slow if they need to, rather than being forced to play fast and loose to get back into the game.

Richmond might’ve improved in the midfield this finals series, but they’ve got a ways to go to catch the Cats.

Chris Scott’s side ranks second in the AFL for clearances and first for scores from clearances – it’s their bread and butter.

The problem for the Tigers is they rank 12th for pre-clearance pressure applied, meaning they haven’t shown an ability to stop opposing midfielders at the coalface.

“Around the ball, the size of the Cats is going to be an issue. It’s their greatest strength,” St Kilda champion Leigh Montagna said on Fox Footy’s Ultimate Preview.

“They’re not a team that tends to just throw it on the boot and get territory, a bit like Port Adelaide or Richmond. They love to come out the front, take on the tackle and use the ball.”

The notable exception is Patrick Dangerfield, who is one of the best players in the AFL at extracting the ball from stoppages and driving it forward – but not with the best accuracy.

In one example shown on The Ultimate Preview against Richmond during the home and away season, Dangerfield thumped the ball forward, but the Tigers vacuumed it up and quickly rebounded for a score.

“There’s a better balance now with him in the forward line as opposed to in the midfield. He’s a high metres gained player, we know he can burst through stoppages, but he can tend to blast it at times and make it difficult for the forwards,” Montagna said.

“With the other guys in there, (Mitch) Duncan particularly, (Cam) Guthrie, (Brandan) Parfitt, (Sam) Menegola and (Joel) Selwood, they’re very good at using their hands and taking better looks.”

Duncan has had a tremendous finals series, with half of his inside 50s finding a teammate’s hands, while defender Tom Stewart has also become a sneaky threat up forward.

But a lot of this success is because suddenly the Cats aren’t taking forever to get the ball forward.

Their worst game of the year – against Richmond – saw them constantly kicking into a well set-up Tigers defence, because they gave Damien Hardwick’s side the time to prepare.

But there has been a dramatic shift since the qualifying final loss to Port Adelaide, with an almost 50 per cent increase in the number of times the Cats play on from marks in defence.

“It’s an adjustment made with Richmond in mind,” Saints great Nick Riewoldt said on Fox Footy.

“We know how organised Richmond are behind the footy, that’s their great strength … the quicker you move it, the less time they have to get all set up.”

It means the Cats aren’t controlling the footy quite as much – they averaged 85 uncontested marks across the home and away season, but 75 in their finals wins – but it’s clearly working.

If the Tigers get the game on their terms, and can move the ball downfield at speed, they’re going to be hard to stop.

The premiers love a chaotic contest on a wing, with their talls knocking the ball forwards or finding a running teammate who can quickly get it to Tom Lynch or Jack Riewoldt.

They’ve had great success against Geelong in recent years doing exactly this.

However the Cats have been even more stifling than usual from this source in this finals series.

Of the 107 times an opposing team has rebounded the ball from their defensive 50 this October, just once have they scored.

That’s an unsustainably low rate, but if the Cats can get anywhere close to that on Saturday night, they’re a real chance of winning the whole shebang.

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Coronavirus: Second COVID-19 wave faster than the first, warns top European scientist | World News

The coronavirus second wave is spreading more quickly than the first outbreak in spring, a top French scientist has warned, amid a growing resurgence of the virus across Europe.

“The virus is circulating more quickly… the resurgence of the pandemic started in August,” French government scientific adviser Arnaud Fontanet told BFM TV on Friday.

He said France had managed to bring the virus under control by the end of the June, and because the number of people being taken to hospital remained low until the end of August, authorities were given a false sense of security despite cases already going up at the time.

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“And then there was one cold week in September and all the indicators went the wrong way again all over Europe. The virus spreads better in the cold because we live more inside,” said the epidemiologist.

“Hospitals and medical staff will find themselves in a situation they’ve already known,” he said.

“We have a lot of tools to protect ourselves against the virus but we’re facing a difficult period,” he added, echoing Prime Minister Jean Castex, who warned of a “tough November” as the French government extended a curfew imposed last week on Paris and eight other cities to dozens more areas.

The 9pm to 6am curfew comes into force at midnight tonight and 46 million people – almost two-thirds of the country’s 67 million population – will be affected.

“A second wave of the coronavirus epidemic is now under way in France and Europe. The situation is very serious,” Mr Castex said at a news conference.

On Thursday, the country reported a record 41,622 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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Parisiens in face masks near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where a stricter curfew is in force

The national figure now stands at more than one million infections, and more than 34,200 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University which has been tracking the outbreak.

Countries across Europe, like in the UK, are returning to restrictive measures following a surge in cases.

Belgium, one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, further tightened restrictions on social contacts on Friday, banning fans from sports matches, limiting the number of people in cultural spaces and closing theme parks.

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European hospitals under COVID pressure

Although infection rates in Germany have been much lower than other COVID hotspots in Europe, cases have been accelerating and hit a record 11,247 on Thursday.

Across Europe, 20 countries set new daily case records on Wednesday, including the UK, which saw a rise of 26,688.

The Czech Republic, which is seeing Europe’s biggest surge in COVID-19 cases, has ordered most shops and services to close to curb the spread of the virus.

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The Netherlands has also returned to partial lockdown, closing bars and restaurants, but kept schools open.

And Spain became the first country in western Europe this week to record one million coronavirus cases – doubling its tally in just six weeks.

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AFL trade news, rumours, whispers 2020: Jordan De Goey, Collingwood, Shaun McKernan, Brad Crouch, St Kilda, Adelaide, Joe Daniher, Chris Fagan, Brisbane

Jordan De Goey has reportedly told rivals of his plans for the next two years.

Plus the ex-Bomber who the Saints could swoop for, and how they’ll get Brad Crouch.

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F1 news 2020, Portuguese Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo, Renault, Oscar Piastri, Formula 2, 3, Bahrain test

Australian young gun Oscar Piastri will follow in the footsteps of Daniel Ricciardo as he jumps into a Renault Formula 1 car for the first time after winning the Formula 3 championship earlier this year.

Piastri will drive the team’s 2018 car next Friday in Bahrain as part of a four-day test session for three members of the Renault Academy.

The 19-year-old Melburnian has Australian F1 royalty in his corner in Mark Webber, who is his manager, and is hoping for big things for the teenager.

Ricciardo first got behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car in 2009, two years before his race debut in 2011, so the signs are positive for the highly-rated Piastri.

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