Hawthorn president urges veteran to stay

Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett has implored both Jack Gunston and Isaac Smith to stay put with the club.

The three-time premiership pair are both being spoken about in trade circles with 2020 best and fairest forward Gunston very loosely linked with Collingwood while wingman Smith is attracting interest from Melbourne and Geelong.

Smith is believed to be weighing up his future at the Hawks by considering an offer from the Demons with the Cats also believed to be keen.

Asked by Dwayne Russell if the Hawks are in a position to move on some of their more experienced players like they’ve done in the past, Kennett insisted that he would like to avoid that scenario and see the duo remain.

“As far as I’m concerned, Jack Gunston and Isaac Smith are part of the Hawthorn family,” he said on SEN’s Dwayne’s World.

“They’re part of the culture of the club. I would hate either of them to go and I don’t think they will, but you never know.

“I think Jack’s still contracted to us, I think Isaac’s a free agent at the moment.

“I like the concept of players being one-club players.

“This year, Ben Stratton retired, Paul Puopolo retired. They both retired with premiership medals around their necks, but they were one-club players.

“I think there’s a lot of grace in it, to be quite honest, and I think it stands them well for the future.

“But I’m not my brother’s keeper and as you know, this is a very competitive world and there is movement, so we’ve got to go through the processes.

“Under Graham Wright, he manages our list so to speak, we’ll see what happens.”

Gunston, 29, remains under contract with the Hawks until 2022 while Smith, 31, is now an unrestricted free agent.

The former, of course, commenced his career with Adelaide before moving to Hawthorn in 2011.

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Jack Nicklaus, Donald Trump, US election 2020, endorsement, statement, President reaction

Jack Nicklaus, the legendary golfer, took to Twitter on Thursday to endorse President Donald Trump and urged Americans who have not made up their minds to give the incumbent another look.

Nicklaus pointed out what some see as the president’s shortcomings and how he can be perceived at times, but he said he’s learned to “look past that and focus on what he’s tried to accomplish.”

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Nicklaus, 80, is an 18-time major champion who recovered from a coronavirus diagnosis in March, mentioned in the post that he was raised in the Midwest in a middle-class family. He said his grandfathers worked on the railroad and relished living in a country where the American dream is achievable.

Nicklaus wrote that he wants more families to achieve that dream and fears the U.S. could turn into a socialist country where the government runs your life.

“This is not a personality contest; it’s about patriotism,” he said. He continued, “His love for America and its citizens, and putting his country first, has come through loud and clear.”

President Trump replied to the tweet, writing: “Jack, this is a Great Honour. Thank you!”

His son, Eric Trump, added: “Winners surround themselves with winners! Jack Nicklaus is the greatest of all time.”

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Hire academics based on qualifications, not birthplace, says president of Hong Kong university

Universities should hire academics based on their expertise without regard to their nationality or birthplace, the head of a tertiary education institution in Hong Kong has suggested in the wake of the controversial appointment of two mainland Chinese professors at the city’s top university.Knowledge and leadership skills were among the main criteria in deciding whether to recruit teachers, said the president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Professor Wei Shyy, on Thursday…

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Former Trump administration official says he wrote anonymous 2018 critique of president

A former Trump administration official who penned a scathing anti-Trump op-ed and book under the pen name “Anonymous” revealed himself Wednesday as a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security.

The official, Miles Taylor, said in a tweet six days before Election Day that Donald Trump is “a man without character” and “it”s time for everyone to step out of the shadows.”

Taylor has been an outspoken critic of Trump’s in recent months and had repeatedly denied he was the author of the column — even to colleagues at CNN, where he has a contributor contract. He left the Trump administration in June and endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for president this summer.

In a statement, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Taylor a “low-level, disgruntled former staffer” who “is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading.”

“This is everything people hate about Washington — two-faced liars who push their own agendas at the expense of the People,” she later tweeted. “This is the epitome of the swamp!”

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows called Taylor’s revelation “a monumental embarrassment,” tweeting, “I’ve seen more exciting reveals in Scooby-Doo episodes.”

Taylor’s anonymous essay was published in September 2018 by The New York Times, infuriating the president and setting off a frantic White House leak investigation to try to unmask the author.

In the essay, the person, who identified themselves only as a senior administration official, said they were part of a secret “resistance” force out to counter Trump’s “misguided impulses” and undermine parts of his agenda.

The author wrote: “Many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”

The Times identified the author as a “senior official” in the administration and received some criticism online Wednesday for inflating Taylor’s credentials. The newspaper, which said it had granted Taylor anonymity because his job would be jeopardised if his identity was revealed, on Wednesday confirmed Taylor was the author because he has waived his right to confidentiality, and had no other comment.

The allegations incensed the president, bolstering his allegations about a “deep state” operating within his government and conspiring against him. And it set off a Beltway guessing game that seeped into the White House, with current and former staffers trading calls and texts, trying to figure out who could have written the piece.

Trump, who had long complained about leaks in the White House, also ordered aides to unmask the writer, citing “national security” concerns to justify a possible Justice Department investigation. And he issued an extraordinary demand for the newspaper to reveal the author.

Instead, the author pressed forward, penning a follow-up book published last November called “A Warning” that continued to paint a disturbing picture of the president, describing him as volatile, incompetent and unfit to be commander in chief.

Taylor’s behaviour also leaves questions for CNN. He was asked directly by the network’s Anderson Cooper in August whether he was “Anonymous” and answered: “I wear a mask for two things, Anderson, Halloween and pandemics. So, no.”

Josh Campbell, a national security correspondent for CNN, tweeted that he had also asked Taylor if he was “Anonymous” and was told no.

CNN said Taylor would remain a contributor.

In an essay published Wednesday on Medium.com, Taylor said he published the op-ed and book anonymously because he wanted the focus to be on the arguments, instead of who was writing them.

“We got the answer,” he wrote. “He became unhinged. And the ideas stood on their own two feet.”

Taylor said the nation could no longer rely on bureaucrats to steer Trump toward what’s right since “he has purged most of them anyway.”

“He doesn’t deserve a second term in office,” he wrote, “and we don’t deserve to live through it.”

Former GOP consultant Reed Galen, one of the founders of the anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project, tweeted that Taylor “isn’t a hero.” He added: “He sat in those rooms, in those councils of power and allowed the banality of evil to work. … Heroism isn’t silence until it’s convenient and personally advantageous to stand up.”

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US President Donald Trump chases undecided voters as poll shows Joe Biden ahead in Wisconsin, Michigan; US votes 2020

WASHINGTON: Former vice president Joe Biden continues to outpace President Donald Trump in two crucial Midwest battlegrounds, currently holding a slight lead over the president in Michigan while showing a much more substantial advantage in Wisconsin, according to a pair of Washington Post-ABC News polls.

The surveys show Biden narrowly ahead of Trump among likely voters in Michigan by 51 per cent to 44 per cent, with Libertarian Party nominee Jo Jorgensen at 3 per cent. In Wisconsin, likely voters favor Biden by 57 per cent to 40per cent, with Jorgensen at 2per cent. Among registered voters, Biden’s edge in Michigan is five points, while he leads by 17 points in Wisconsin.

Biden’s margins in both states are driven by overwhelming support among female likely voters. He leads Trump by 24 points among those women in Michigan and by 30 points in Wisconsin. Biden trails Trump among Michigan men by double digits, and the two are running about even among men in Wisconsin.

The findings suggest concerns about the coronavirus are weighing heavily on Trump’s candidacy, particularly in Wisconsin, which has seen case counts climb to record levels in recent weeks. When it comes to handling the pandemic, Biden is trusted more than Trump by double digits in both states, and large majorities support their state’s rules on masks and restrictions on businesses and public gatherings.

In the contested Michigan Senate race, Democratic Sen. Gary Peters has a small edge over Republican challenger John James, by 52 per cent to 46 per cent among likely voters and by 49 per cent to 45 per cent among registered voters.

Along with Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan are among a trio of states seen as vitally important to both the president and the former vice president in their efforts to assemble the 270 electoral votes needed for victory. Trump carried all three in 2016, shocking Democrats who had long enjoyed victories there, but by less than one percentage point each and a collective margin of fewer than 78,000 votes. Biden has held a steady lead in the polls in all three since summer.

The Wisconsin findings are significantly more bullish for Biden than some other public polls, which generally show him ahead by single digits, although two October surveys gave the former vice president a lead in the low double-digits. A month ago, a Post-ABC poll showed Biden with a lead of six points among likely voters in the state.

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President claims media is breaking ‘election law’ as ‘epic meltdown’ interview is released

US president Donald Trump, claims to have done ‘maybe a great job’ with coronavirus (AP)

Donald Trump is complaining on Twitter about “COVID, COVID, COVID” coverage in the media as he heads into the final week of campaigning, even suggesting reporting on a pandemic amounts to “election law violation” after the country recorded its highest number of new coronavirus infections so far over the weekend, reporting more than 84,000 cases on Friday and 79,000 on Saturday.

The president’s aborted interview with CBS show 60 Minutes was finally aired on Sunday night, with Mr Trump seen claiming his administration has done “maybe a great job” in fighting back against Covid-19 and losing his temper with presenter Lesley Stahl when she confronted with his own past comments on decrying “fake news” as a tactic to discredit unfavourable press coverage.

On the campaign trail on Sunday, the president also provoked confusion when he claimed falsely to have won two Nobel Peace Prizes during a rally speech in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

For more on who’s leading the race for the White House, follow our dedicated US election polling liveblog


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ACT police use new ‘unexplained wealth’ laws to seize property belonging to Nomads bikie gang president

ACT police have seized $500,000 worth of property belonging to an outlaw bikie gang leader under new “unexplained wealth” laws.

The police operation took place simultaneously across four locations last Thursday, targeting Nomads motorcycle gang national president Michael Clark.

Police confiscated three boats, fishing equipment, trailers and a caravan in the Batemans Bay area, as well as three Harley Davidson motorcycles in Canberra.

The property adds to two prestige cars and other items already seized from Mr Clark after his arrest in August.

Mr Clark was one of 11 people arrested as part of a cross-border investigation of several shootings on the New South Wales South Coast in December 2019.

The 32-year-old was extradited to NSW and charged with knowingly directing the activities of a criminal group, taking part in a criminal group, supplying banned firearms and supplying ammunition.

He was refused bail and remains in custody.

After his arrest, police raided two properties in Canberra suburbs Kingston and Kambah, and allegedly found a gun, illicit drugs, jewellery and bikie paraphernalia, including patches.

Legal changes provide broader powers to confiscate property

Detective Superintendent Scott Moller says the investigation of Michael Clark is ongoing.(ABC News)

With Mr Clark behind bars, ACT authorities have used new laws targeting unexplained wealth to seize some of his assets.

Policing Detective Superintendent Scott Moller warned his team were not done yet investigating the bikie boss.

“Certainly this investigation is not over and I’d imagine there will be further items seized in the future,” he said.

It is the first time the powerful new laws have been used.

In the past, authorities were only able to confiscate assets if a person had committed a serious offence and there was a link between the crime and their assets.

A boat on a trailer in a car park.
Another of the boats in the Batemans Bay area that ACT police seized last week.(Supplied: ACT Policing)

But the amended confiscation of criminal assets laws mean authorities now need only to suspect that a person’s wealth is due to criminal activity, because their lawfully acquired wealth is less than their total wealth.

“It’s very clear when an offender doesn’t have the financial income to support their lifestyle,” Superintendent Moller said.

“Many offenders or crime syndicates may believe that, once money has been invested in an asset such as property, it’s safe.

Victims of crime benefit as police take back criminal income

A man in a suit.
ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold, SC, says the new laws are a powerful anti-crime tool.(ABC News)

After an alleged offender’s assets are confiscated, they can be forfeited and become ACT property.

The forfeited assets are then usually sold off, with much of the proceeds spent helping victims of crime.

Over the past two years, authorities restrained about $7.2 million worth of property, and about $2.8 million was forfeited to the ACT.

ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold, SC, said the law was a powerful tool that deprived criminals of a financial windfall and ensured crime did not pay.

“If there’s no benefit in engaging in criminal activity, there’s a disincentive to engage in that criminal activity, so it’s really about breaking the business model of organised crime.

“It’s in everyone’s interest to disincentivise the conduct of crime — the territory wants to be an inhospitable environment for criminal gangs.”

Superintendent Moller said ACT Policing would continue to use several investigative strategies and laws to disrupt organised crime.

“Our end game is that there’s no profit in crime in Canberra and our detectives are using these new unexplained wealth laws to make sure of that,” he said.

“Removing assets limits offenders from re-investing money in illegal activities or expanding their wealth to commit more crime.”

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Richmond president wants decider to be played during day

“It is canvassed around and brought up for comment [by the AFL with presidents] but I don’t think there’s an actual vote that happens.

“This was a sample of what it might look like and I guess we are better informed when we comment next.”

O’Neal said the nighttime kick off isn’t family friendly.

“Night games, generally, like Friday night evening games, children tend not to come in the same sort of numbers and we have to be mindful of the next generation,” she said.

“I also think that, having been fortunate enough to win a couple of grand finals … after the game is over it is really time to let players celebrate with their fans and families.

“The next day … there is some family event back at the club and so you think ‘well if it’s going on until two in the morning and that’s just families and they have to turn around and come the next day [that’s too late].’

“I think we have to think about what happens after the grand final and make sure that isn’t lost along the way.”

AFL legend Leigh Matthews is also in favour of a day grand final, while Cotchin on Sunday said the game should stay in the day.

“I love the day game,” Cotchin said.


“It’s what I grew up with during the day playing footy and there is nothing better than a red Sherrin at the MCG – or at the Gabba, it’s a special place too – on a Saturday afternoon.”

But Channel Seven Melbourne managing director Lewis Martin also said on Sunday the game should be played in front of the biggest television audience.

“More people are available to watch at night. My view is that it is really important to showcase the biggest event to where the audience is most available. If you’re going to show off, show off where most people can see you.”

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Farooq Abdullah named president of People’s Alliance

Abdullah told reporters “Ours isn’t an anti-national group. Our aim is to ensure that the rights of people of J-K and Ladakh are restored”.

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir’s half a dozen mainstream regional political parties along with the CPIM’s local unit on Saturday formally structured their alliance and unanimously elected former chief minister Farooq Abdullah as its president.

Abdullah who heads the erstwhile state’s oldest political party National Conference (NC) told reporters “Ours isn’t an anti-national group. Our aim is to ensure that the rights of people of J-K and Ladakh are restored”.


He alleged that attempts are being made to drive a wedge between various communities in what are now known as twin Union Territories of J-K and Ladakh and said that the new alliance would defeat such designs as well. He said, “Attempts of dividing us in the name of religion will fail. It’s not a religious fight.”

The signatories of “Gupkar Declaration” met at the residence of former chief minister and PDP president Mehbooba Mufti here earlier to discuss the political situation and other important issues faced  by J-K and Ladakh.

A spokesman of the group said that during the meeting, the particiants put forth their valuable suggestions for consolidating the movement taken up for restoration of Articles 370 and 35A and other rights of the people of J-K which now stands divided into two UTs.


He added, “Also, the Alliance was given a formal shape and its member parties reposed their faith in Dr Farooq Abdullah and elected him as president. Mehbooba Mufti was elected as vice-president while People’s Conference chairman Sajad Gani Lone will be its spokesman”.

“The flag of erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was adopted was as the flag of People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration,” he said.

On October 15, the signatories of ‘Gupkar Declaration’ had held at a meeting at Abdullah’s residence here and named the initiative as ‘People’s Alliance for Gupkar Declaration’. Talking about the purpose behind forging of  the alliance, he had said “Ours is a constitutional battle. We want the Government of India to return to the people the rights they held prior to August 5, 2019.”


‘Gupkar Declaration’ was a pledge for defending Article 370 and 35A by Kashmir’s mainstream parties which they took at a meeting held at Mr. Abdullah’s residence along Srinagar’s Gupkar Road on August 4, 2019, a day before the state was stripped of its special status and split up into two UTs.

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Poland’s President Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Poland’s President Andrzej Duda said he had tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday, as the EU country faces a record rise in cases and mass protests despite a ban on public gatherings intended to stem infections.

Duda is the latest in a string of leaders to have been diagnosed with the virus, including US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro.

All have recovered and, aside from the diagnosis, the 48-year-old Duda is believed to be in good general health.

“As a result of the test, I know that I am sick with the coronavirus,” Duda tweeted, adding that he was “feeling good”, was at “full strength”, had no symptoms and would be working remotely.

While it was unclear when Duda was infected, he attended an investment forum in Tallinn on Monday where he met Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid and Bulgarian President Rumen Radev.

Polish President Andrzej Duda speaks to a crowd on September 1 during an event to commemorate the outbreak of World War II in Gdansk.

Kaljulaid said on her Facebook page she tested negative for the virus after returning home from France on Friday. Radev had meanwhile cut short his visit to Tallinn on Tuesday go into quarantine in Sofia.

Backed by Poland’s governing nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party, Duda won a second consecutive term in office in July on the back of a campaign that included promises of continued generous social spending and attacks on Poland’s LGBT community.

His diagnosis comes after it was announced on Monday that powerful PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, widely seen as calling the shots in Poland, had gone into quarantine after being in contact with a person diagnosed as positive for the coronavirus.

No further comment has been made on the condition of the 71-year-old Kaczynski by the PiS party or the government, in which he serves as deputy prime minister.

Polish President Andrzej Duda arrives at a polling station in Krakow on June 28 to vote during Poland's Presidental election.

Polish President Andrzej Duda arrives at a polling station in Krakow on June 28 to vote during Poland’s Presidental election.

Poland went into a “red zone” lockdown on Saturday, including the partial closure of primary schools and restaurants along with a raft of restrictions tailored to stem infection while allowing more economic activity than during this spring’s more stringent anti-virus regime.

But tens of thousands of Poles have taken to the streets in protest since Thursday, when the EU country’s top court rendered a ruling that imposes a near-total ban on abortion in Poland.

More protests went ahead on Saturday nationwide, when a five-person limit on gatherings came into force under government anti-coronavirus guidelines.

Police dressed in riot gear used pepper spray on Saturday in Warsaw when a separate demonstration by mostly football fans opposed to coronavirus-related restrictions turned violent.

The surprise winner of this year’s Roland Garros tennis open, Poland’s 19-year-old Iga Swiatek, tweeted on Saturday that she was self-isolating but feeling fine after receiving an award from Duda on Friday. Both had been wearing masks.

Poland, a country of 38 million people, saw a near-record 13,628 new coronavirus cases over 24 hours as of Saturday and a record 179 deaths.

Poles have been asked to work remotely if they can and primary schools are partially closed with only grades one to three attending classes.

Secondary school and university students switched to distance learning a week ago, while all seniors over the age of 70 have been asked to stay home as of Saturday.

Restaurants, cafes and pubs are only able to serve take-away meals. Fitness clubs and pools are also closed.

Weddings are banned and there are strict limits on the numbers of people allowed in shops, on public transport and at religious services.

Poland’s national stadium is being transformed into a field hospital for Warsaw and the government is building temporary medical facilities elsewhere, as the surge in coronavirus cases strains healthcare facilities to breaking point.

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