Fruit fly on SA shelves sent from Victoria a ‘wake-up call’ for stone fruit industry

The stone fruit industry says the detection on South Australian shelves of fruit fly in nectarines and peaches transported from Victoria is a failure of both states’ biosecurity systems.

Summerfruit Australia chief executive Trevor Ranford said the fruit was found by consumers at Aldi, Coles, Woolworths and a produce market who then reported seeing larvae crawling inside.

Mr Ranford said there had been a total recall on the infected fruit.

“We don’t have the answers at this point in time … but given that fruit fly is very much in the news within South Australia at the moment, because of other outbreaks, the consumers here are very vigilant.”

Mr Ranford said although South Australia was dealing with other fruit fly outbreaks, this particular incident was not considered to be one of them.

“It’s larvae found in fruit, but what is concerning is that one assumes the fruit has come in under an ICA [interstate certification assurance] arrangement, and there has been a failing,” he said.

“We need to deal with it and make sure this doesn’t happen in the future — it’s a wake-up call.

“It won’t stop trade [between South Australia and Victoria] but it means the departments will be more vigilant.”

Mr Ranford said recent fruit fly events should not deter buyers from purchasing fruit.

Larvae was detected in eight stone fruit in the past week and all consignments related to the contaminated fruit have been destroyed.

“We’re looking at the causes of those detections and what we can do to prevent further ones,” said Nathan Rhodes, executive director of biosecurity at SA’s Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA).

“We wouldn’t expect to see these sorts of things, and that’s why we’re working with our counterparts in Victoria to try and understand what’s gone wrong here and why these detections have come through.

“The reason we don’t call it an outbreak is because it’s not in the environment, so it’s not a detection of the pest in the environment that might be a breeding population, so while it’s contained within the produce we can control the produce and destroy that produce.

There are several Mediterranean fruit fly outbreaks in Adelaide and three outbreaks in SA’s Riverland, and Mr Rhodes said the affected areas were suspended from the state’s fruit fly-free status.

“We are undertaking a comprehensive eradication response,” he said.

“We need to give our trading partners confidence that … we are eradicating these outbreaks and through that process we hope that they will continue to maintain or reinstate recognition of our pest-free status.

“We have 7,500 fruit fly traps that are constantly looking for fruit fly throughout South Australia, and through that network we report to trading partners if and when we find them.”

In a statement, Agriculture Victoria said it had seen an increase in insect activity this season, possibly due to the warm and wet La Niña weather events.

It said it was working with PIRSA to resolve the matter.

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Trump pardons Paul Manafort and Roger Stone who were convicted in Russia probe | US News

Donald Trump has pardoned his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort – as he continues to offer clemency to associates convicted in the Russia probe.

Mr Trump also pardoned his former adviser Roger Stone and the real estate developer Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law Jared Kushner, on Wednesday.

Manafort, 70, had been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for financial crimes related to his work in Ukraine.

He was also among the first people charged as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between the Trump 2016 election campaign and Russia.

Roger Stone was convicted in relation to the Russia probe
Charles Kushner, centre, is the father of Mr Trump's son-in-law Jared
Charles Kushner, centre, is the father of Mr Trump’s son-in-law Jared

The presidential pardon means he has been spared serving the bulk of his prison term.

Manafort has thanked Mr Trump in a tweet and later claimed history would show he had accomplished more than any of his predecessors.

Stone, 67, had been sentenced in February for lying to Congress, witness tampering and obstructing the House investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.

Mr Trump commuted his sentence in July, a day before Stone was due to begin serving a term of three years and four months.

The president has now pardoned four people convicted in the Russia probe, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Kushner, who was not convicted in relation to the Russia probe, had been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to 18 counts of tax evasion in 2004.

He also pleaded guilty to witness tampering and making unlawful campaign donations.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 07:  Former Trump Campaign aide George Papadopoulos arrives with his wife Simona Mangiante at the U.S. District Court for his sentencing hearing September 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty last year for making a "materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement" to investigators during FBI..s probe of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential election.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
George Papadopoulos has been pardoned after he admitted lying to the FBI
Donald Trump and retired General Michael Flynn during the 2016 election campaign
Donald Trump and retired General Michael Flynn during the 2016 election campaign

Mr Trump and the elder Kushner knew each other from real estate circles and their children were married in 2009.

The outgoing US president issued full pardons to 26 individuals and commuted part or all of the sentences of an additional three people on Wednesday.

Mr Trump has now granted clemency to nearly 50 people – either by pardoning them or commuting their sentences.

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Donald Trump pardons allies Paul Manafort and Roger Stone in second major wave of clemency actions

US President Donald Trump has granted full pardons to former campaign manager Paul Manafort and former adviser Roger Stone, sweeping away the most important convictions made under the long-running Russia election probe.

Mr Trump also issued a full pardon for Charles Kushner, a real estate developer and the father of Mr Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

It was the second wave of pardons Mr Trump has issued in two days. The announcement came just after he arrived in Palm Beach, Florida, for the holiday season, with Jared Kushner on the Air Force One flight with him.

In total, Mr Trump issued on Wednesday full pardons to 26 individuals and commuted part or all of the sentences of an additional three people.

Facing the end of his term on 20 January, Mr Trump has now granted full pardons to four major figures from US Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Besides Manafort and Stone, Mr Trump has pardoned former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former adviser George Papadopoulos.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office, which has been trying to prosecute Manafort in New York for mortgage fraud and other alleged crimes, said it would continue to pursue an appeal for its case, which was dismissed on double jeopardy grounds.

“This action underscores the urgent need to hold Manafort accountable for his crimes against the People of New York as alleged in our indictment, and we will continue to pursue our appellate remedies,” said Danny Frost, spokesman for the office.

The Manafort pardon spared the long-time Republican operative from serving the bulk of his 7-1/2-year jail term.

Manafort, 70, was among the first in Mr Trump’s inner circle to face charges brought by Mr Mueller as part of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In a statement relayed by his lawyer, Manafort expressed his appreciation to Mr Trump.

“Mr. President, my family & I humbly thank you for the Presidential Pardon you bestowed on me. Words cannot fully convey how grateful we are,” he said.

Stone was convicted in November 2019 by a Washington jury of lying under oath to lawmakers also investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mr Trump commuted his sentence in July, a day before Stone was due to begin serving a term of three years and four months. Stone, in a statement, thanked Mr Trump for “completely erasing the criminal conviction to which I was subjected in a Soviet-style show trial on politically-motivated charges.”

Charles Kushner was sentenced to two years in jail after pleading guilty in 2004 to 18 counts of tax evasion, witness tampering and making unlawful campaign donations.

In an unusual twist, the man who prosecuted Charles Kushner was Chris Christie, now the former governor of New Jersey, who also has served as an adviser to Mr Trump.

Mr Christie was quoted by CNN as saying Charles Kushner’s case was “one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes” he prosecuted.

During the case, Charles Kushner admitted to smearing his brother-in-law, who had cooperated with prosecutors, by hiring a prostitute to have sex with him in a motel room, then sending a secretly recorded video of the encounter to the man’s wife, Charles Kushner’s own sister.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone hardback first edition sells for 68,000 pounds in UK

A hardback first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has sold at auction for 68,000 pounds ($119,380) in England.

The issue was one of 500 copies published in the first run by Bloomsbury back in 1997, before JK Rowling’s saga of wizards and magic became a global literary phenomenon.

Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers confirmed a first edition of the opening book of the Harry Potter saga had sold for 68,000 pounds.

Another Potter first edition sold for 50,000 pounds ($87,780), representing an extraordinary slice of luck for sellers Karen and Charlotte Rumsey.

Charlotte Rumsey had been helping her mother Karen clear out old items in her home for a garage sale when they came across the book that a family friend had given to Charlotte and her brothers in 1999.

“Soon after, I just happened to see the Antiques Roadshow on TV. Someone had taken along some rare Harry Potter books and the experts said they could be worth 13,000 pounds.

“I thought maybe we might have a first edition and rang Mum to ask her to double-check our book. She took it out of the box and I began reading out the issue points that identify it as first edition.


“As she turned the pages to check each one, everything seemed to be exactly the same.”

They contacted Hansons, which is “renowned for uncovering Philosopher’s Stone hardback first editions”, according to its website.

An expert confirmed the book was a genuine first edition.

“We were a bit half-hearted about selling at first but I’m getting married, Mum’s downsizing and there’s no time like the present, particularly after the year everyone has had,” Charlotte Rumsey said.

“We’ve decided this has happened for a reason and we’re grabbing the opportunity with both hands.”

The head of Hansons’ library department, Jim Spencer, said it was one of seven hardback issue first editions of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone the auction house had uncovered in 18 months.

“I’m delighted for the family. Charlotte said she was hopping about and the hairs stood up on her arms when she received my call confirming it was a first issue.”

In October, another first edition sold for 60,000 pounds ($105,335).

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AFL draft news, whispers 2020: Conor Stone Essendon, Jack Carroll, Cedric Cox West Coast, Alec Waterman, Maurice Rioli Jnr

A possible draft night trade has led to a link between a first-round bolter and Essendon.

Plus the Eagles could give two mature-age players AFL lifelines.

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The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, WrestleMania 14

The Undertaker was ready to “smash” Shawn Michaels had he not dropped the then WWF championship to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at WrestleMania 14 — confirming one of the most iconic backstage stories from his career. He just regrets not telling Michaels the truth about it years later.

The story, according to WWE executive Bruce Prichard on his “Something to Wrestle With” podcast, goes that Undertaker, who had just finished defeating Kane in the previous match at the Fleet Centre in Boston in 1998, sat backstage and wrapped his hands staring as Michaels went to the ring with the intent to get physical if the champion didn’t do what was expected of him. Michaels did ultimately lose the match and the championship to Austin, who went on to be one of the biggest stars in WWE history.

Undertaker and Michaels — who was nursing a serious back injury at the time — did not get along then and the infamous Montreal Screwjob involving the Heartbreak Kid and Bret Hart had happened only four months prior. Undertaker was ready to ensure there were no shenanigans this time.

“Early on in my career and when Shawn was there, I didn’t care for Shawn personally,” Undertaker told The New York Post in a Zoom interview. “I thought he was an arrogant little s***. That being said, still no one I would rather get in the ring with it and work (with). That’s just how good he is.

“Shawn, everyone knows the story, is supposed to drop the belt to Steve. Shawn was being Shawn in my opinion and like I didn’t know if he was gonna do it. My intention was to make sure one way or another business was done that night.”

Michaels, after the two mended their relationship years later and got to a very good place, asked him about the incident because he was frequently getting questions about it. Undertaker, who will give his “Final Farewell” at Survivor Series next week after 30 years in WWE, said he didn’t have the heart to tell Michaels the truth at that moment because of how much things improved personally between them.

During an interview with “Inside the Ropes in 2018, Michaels said he never even saw Undertaker at WrestleMania 14 and “there is absolutely no truth to that whatsoever” regarding the hand-taping story based on what Undertaker told him. The Deadman said he regrets not being completely honest about it.

“I felt so bad because our relationship had changed so much that he goes, ‘Were you really gonna beat me up?’ ” Undertaker said. “I was like, ‘No man that’s just all rumour. Taping my hands up and everything, come on’. He goes, ‘I didn’t think so. I mean that really didn’t sound like you’.

“The whole time in my head I’m like, ‘I was gonna smash you if you didn’t drop that belt to Steve’. But yeah, he’s a completely different person, I love him to death now. But, yeah, that’s the story. I was sitting there hands taped ready to do whatever I needed to be done.”

Undertaker went on to say that he loves Michaels now and the legendary matches they had together.

“We’ve mended any broken fences,” he said. “I think the world of Shawn and how he’s changed his life. Obviously, we’ve shared some very special moments in the ring, WrestleMania’s and all that.”

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Curtis Stone joins Cargo Crew for Fashionable Chef Wear

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Michelin-Starred Chef Curtis Stone has joined forces with Australia’s most innovative uniform brand Cargo Crew to launch their new chefwear line, set for global expansion.

As the restaurant industry springs back to life in most parts of Australia; and with the easing of restrictions for Victorians, Curtis and Cargo Crew are ready to deck out the army of chefs and hospitality workers itching to get back to what they love.

“I’m so excited and proud to be joining forces with an Australian brand like Cargo Crew, and to celebrate the journey of us all returning to the beautiful and bustling restaurant industry that we know and love, which has been so missed by everyone during Covid-19.” stated Curtis.

An 18-month development has seen the new chefwear line come to life, with Curtis wearing the designs and providing Cargo Crew feedback ensuring the product is built ready for chef life.

The launch coincides with the easing of restrictions that have significantly affected the global hospitality industry.Cargo Crew’s obsession with quality and detail is much like Curtis and his food production.

Together, they have filled the gap in the market by developing the chefwear range to deliver uniquely modern and infinitely practical Australian designs.“We were fortunate enough to have Cargo Crew dress the team during our pop-up at the Presidents Cup and after that we brought some pieces back to Gwen, my restaurant in Hollywood. We coined a term, “primal elegance”, to describe the butcher shop coupled with the elegance of the crystal chandeliers in the dining room at Gwen and we really felt that Cargo Crew strikes the same vibe. We knew it immediately when we buttoned up our chef shirts”  Curtis said.

Founded in 2002 by Felicity Rodgers, Cargo Crew is the home of The Modern Uniform.

Built on the principle of creating uniforms that staff want to wear, Cargo Crew leads the market with their original and considered designs matched by genuine quality garments built for work.Each piece within the range is individually packed in globally accredited home compostable packaging, ensuring no plastic waste is created delivering the collection.

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With a shared obsession for quality and premium produce and products, the Curtis Stone X Cargo Crew partnership is a match made in culinary heaven.

A determined focus on premium design and fabrication has resulted in the highest quality chefwear range to roll out across kitchens globally.

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60 Minutes trailblazer and TV legend Gerald Stone dies aged 87 

60 Minutes trailblazer and TV legend Gerald Stone dies aged 87

Australian TV legend and 60 Minutes trailblazer Gerald Stone has died aged 87.

Born in 1933 in the United States, Stone set the precedent for television storytelling in Australia with the current affairs show.

He emigrated to Australia in 1962 with his then-wife Beth and their two children Klay and Jennifer. 

Stone was hired by the Daily Mirror in Sydney before spending three months in Vietnam as a special correspondent for The Australian and Daily Mirror. 

More to come. 


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Melbourne Cup: Racing Victoria vows to ‘leave no stone unturned’ as it investigates Anthony Van Dyck’s death

Racing Victoria has vowed to investigate why there has been a series of fatalities on Melbourne Cup day after Anthony Van Dyck was euthanased on Tuesday.

The English Derby winner went in to the Melbourne Cup as one of the favourites, but broke down at the top of the finishing straight at Flemington and was pulled up at the 350m mark.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained horse was put in veterinarians’ care but was euthanased a short time after the race.

Racing Victoria’s integrity chief Jamie Stier said on Wednesday that the organisation would conduct a post-mortem and also check the horse’s veterinary history.

Mr Stier said each of the fatalities at the Melbourne Cup in recent years had been investigated.

The Cliffsofmoher’s death led to changes to pre-travel vetting for international horses.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

“In recent times since The Cliffsofmoher incident [in 2018], we have the horses prior to their arrival in Australia having X-rays done of all four legs, a video of the horse trotting up for the veterinary examination and a pre-travel examination done by their own stable vet in their own country.

“Additionally we have an independent regulatory vet examine the horse as well.

“This year there was one horse that did not travel as a result of these procedures.”

The five-year-old stallion is the seventh Melbourne Cup day death in as many years, prompting calls for an investigation from the RSPCA.

“There were some changes made following a fatality in 2018 to track and to compliance and check-in with regard to international horses coming in. It doesn’t look like that’s worked. There’s more to be done.”

Anthony Van Dyck, who placed second in the Caulfield Cup a fortnight ago, was carrying 58.5 kilograms.

Admire Rakti crosses the line at the 2014 Melbourne Cup
Admire Rakti trailed across the line before collapsing in its stall.(AAP: Tracey Nearmy)

A number of horses that have died in the Melbourne Cup have been close to the top of the weights — including topweight Admire Rakti, who died after the 2014 race when he collapsed in his stall.

Asked whether weight was a key factor, Mr Stier replied: “It’s a very different conversation on whether a horse can win carrying a certain weight as opposed to any potential impact on its welfare.”

“But it’s something that we’re conscious of and we’re not going to leave any stone unturned – we’re going to look at all the factors.”

Pressed on the number of recent deaths in the Cup, Mr Stier said: “We take a very considered approach … we’re not stepping away from the fact it concerns us, and we’re very open and mindful of our horses and their wellbeing.”

“We won’t be jumping to conclusions and we will be making evidence-based decisions.”

Animal rights groups call for end to racing

Animal rights group PETA called for an “immediate investigation” into the death and an end to the racing industry.

“How many more deaths will it take before we call time on this disgraceful demonstration of national senselessness?” it asked.

Animal Justice Party MP Andy Meddick said the Melbourne Cup was “beginning to feel like Groundhog Day”.

“Almost every year, a horse breaks down and is killed,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

“While the scenes today were confronting, nobody should be surprised.

“A racehorse dies every three days on Australian racetracks. The only difference is on Melbourne Cup day, the whole country is watching.”

Later on Tuesday, jockey Kerrin McEvoy was fined a record $50,000 and handed a 13-meeting suspension for excessive whip use in the closing stages of the race.

Race stewards found him to have whipped Tiger Moth 21 times, including 13 times before reaching the 100m mark of the race, before finishing behind winner Twilight Payment.

Jockeys are only allowed to use the whip five times before the 100m mark.

“Whips definitely have to go as a performance-enhancing device,” Ms Walker said.

She said a vote to phase them out will be before Racing Australia on November 11.

Mr Stier said Racing Victoria’s position was to “support transitioning away from use of the whip for encouragement”.

However he said the organisation had not put a timeline on when this should end.


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