Police search underway on Swan River for missing boatie in Ascot


An extensive search operation is underway on the Swan River for a missing 30-year-old man who fell from a boat into the water.

Water Police have been joined by officers patrolling the riverbanks around Ascot in search for the man fell overboard at about 5:10pm.

Witnesses found the boat doing circles in middle of the river without anyone on board.

Police, paramedics and the police helicopter have been involved in the search.

He was piloting the vessel alone when he fell in, a police spokesman said.

More to come.



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Australian players will pay tribute to cricket great when summer gets underway on Friday


The Australian and Indian players will wear black armbands and there will be a minute’s silence to pay tribute to cricket legend Dean Jones before the international summer starts at the SCG on Friday.

A video tribute to Jones, who tragically and suddenly passed away in September, aged just 59, will also be played as the cricket world pauses to remember one of Australia’s greatest players.

It comes amid planning for a secondary tribute to Jones at his beloved MCG during the Boxing Day Test, with a crowd of up to 40,000 expected to be in attendance.

A whole bay of seats will be covered in a banner for the entire Test, which will recognise the Victorian great’s contribution to the game.

With his family to be present in Melbourne, the Boxing Day ceremony will include the reading of a poem about Jones written by his great friend, Chris Driscoll.

The poem includes the lines; “Hold Him tenderly, O’Mother India, For he was Our favourite son, Place gently the zinc white ash on his resting forehead, Anoint him in Linseed oil, Place old willow by his side, We wait for him, for his return.”

During the tea break on the opening day, there will be a video tribute at 3.24pm, recognising Jones’ Test number, 324.

That number was also his highest first-class score, scored against South Australia on the MCG in 1994-95.

A private family funeral for Jones last month, which only 10 people could attend because of COVID-19 restrictions, included a lap of honour at the MCG where he played six of his 52 Tests.

His wife, Jane, had hoped for a more public tribute, which will now happen at the Boxing Day Test.

A working party with members from the MCC, Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia are working through other elements to include in the MCG tribute.

Jones, inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame last year, played in 52 Tests and 164 one-day internationals, revolutionising the 50-over format with his shot-making and superb fielding.

His epic 210 in the tied Test in Madras in 1986 is also part of Australian cricket folklore.

After his death, tributes flowed from around the world for Jones, who was a player, coach and commentator beloved beyond Australia.



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Investigation underway after inmate shot, killed by correctional officer


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In Thanksgiving Message, Trump Says ‘We’re Like a Third-World Country’ Because He Lost Election

In a surprise news conference on Thanksgiving Day, President Trump took questions from the press for the first time since losing re-election—but he doubled down on his “rigged” election claims and appeared to deny the reality that his presidency is ending, saying it will be “very hard” for him to concede to Joe Biden.“I think it’s not right he’s trying to pick a Cabinet,” Trump complained after railing against the supposed “massive fraud” that he claims gave Biden victory.Reiterating his claims of voter fraud in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Georgia despite the fact that state authorities have already certified the election results in those states, Trump appeared to become combative when asked if he would concede if the Electoral College votes for Biden on Dec. 14. Although he eventually did say he would exit the White House if the vote were not in his favor, that answer came after he first repeatedly cast doubt on the Electoral College and election in general. “It’s going to be a very hard thing to concede. Because we know there was massive fraud,” he said when first asked if he would concede. Pennsylvania Certifies Biden as Winner, Driving Stake in Trump’s Legal Effort“Time isn’t on our side … this was a massive fraud, this should never take place in this country, we’re like a third-world country,” he said, suggesting that faulty vote-counting machines gave Biden millions of extra votes.Asked a second time if he would concede if the Electoral College votes for Biden, Trump responded, “Well if they do they made a mistake,” before saying it’s a “possibility” and scolding a reporter who pressed him on the issue: “Don’t talk to me that way, you’re just a lightweight.”Asked by another reporter if he would “leave this building” if the Electoral College elects Biden, he said, “Certainly, I will.”While Trump and his legal team have repeatedly looked to throw out votes in states that Joe Biden carried, none of their challenges have proved successful.Key states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia—all of which Trump carried in 2016, before flipping blue this year—certified their results this week, ensuring they will send a Democratic slate of voters to the Electoral College. Wisconsin and Arizona, two more states that flipped to Biden, are set to certify their results next week.“Massive fraud has been found. We’re like a third world country,” Trump said, before launching back into allegations of voter fraud that have been repeatedly rebuffed in court and by state election officials of both parties.“I did so well … that they didn’t know what to do,” he said at one point of election results in Georgia, claiming that ballots for him were “thrown away.”“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes. And I got 74 million but there were many ballots thrown away, so I got much more than that. But I got 74 million, 74 million is 11 million more than I got last time. … And it’s millions more than Hillary Clinton got.”Underneath all of the bravado, Trump at one point slipped up and blasted “the Biden administration,” apparently inadvertently recognizing Biden’s win.While Trump has refused to concede and maintained that somehow, he would win states he had already lost, his administration has relented behind the scenes.Earlier this week, Emily Murphy, the head of the General Services Administrations—a Trump appointee—signed off on a letter officially allowing the presidential transition to begin. Murphy had previously refused to do so, a partisan move from a historically non-partisan agency.Even Trump appeared to have a moment of clarity Thursday regarding a potential COVID-19 cure and his future (or lack thereof) in the White House.“Don’t let Joe Biden take credit for the vaccine,” he said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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A search is underway to locate missing 11-year-old girl Kiri MacDonald who was last seen Sunday evening


A FAMILY is pleading for information regarding the whereabouts of missing 11-year-old Kiri MacDonald.

In a Facebook post Doug MacDonald said Kiri was last seen about 5pm on Sunday at West Moonah.

She was last seen wearing black leggings, a black puffer jacket and pink/purple shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444.



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Brad Crouch departs Adelaide Crows for St Kilda as AFL trade period gets underway


Adelaide has elected against matching St Kilda’s monster AFL offer for Brad Crouch, paving the way for the midfielder to become a Saints player.

The Crows left it right until the 5:00pm (AEDT) deadline on the opening day of the AFL’s trade period to make their call, but decided not to force St Kilda into a trade for the restricted free agent.

Adelaide last week indicated it would match the bid if the Saints’ long-term offer did not draw pick number two as compensation.

But they have instead accepted a second-round selection, currently pick number 23.

“Ultimately, the risk versus reward of matching St Kilda’s offer and trying to force a trade, for say their first round selection at pick 17, which might not eventuate, didn’t stack up,” Crows list manager Justin Reid said.

“We are committed to making decisions in the best interests of the entire playing group and club, and did not see a lengthy deal as responsible list management in this instance.”

Crouch joins the Saints after playing 95 matches with the Crows, with his career at the club including their 2017 grand final loss to Richmond.

He will be linking up with the Saints following a season in which they reached their first finals series in nine years.

“St Kilda is going in the right direction and I’m stoked to be a part of it next season,” Crouch said.

“I’m determined to gain the trust and confidence of the club, its supporters and my new teammates, and I am confident that my best football is ahead of me at St Kilda.”

Earlier, Greater Western Sydney traded small forward Zac Langdon to West Coast and used its pick from the Eagles to secure Fremantle tall Jesse Hogan.

The Eagles flipped their third-round draft selection, currently number 54, to the Giants for Langdon, who booted 23 goals in 31 matches across three seasons for the Giants before requesting a trade.

Barely an hour later, the Giants on-traded that pick for Hogan, who joins his third AFL club on a one-year contract after stints at Melbourne and the Dockers.

Jesse Hogan (centre) will play for a third AFL club after stints with the Dockers and Demons.(AAP: Dan Peled)

The clubs had already agreed on trading Hogan, but it became official on the first day of the AFL trade period on Wednesday.

“He’s a mature hard-running and strong-marking player who, at his best, can have a big impact on-field,” Giants football manager Jason McCartney said.

“He’s excited to continue his career with us and his commitment is a great endorsement for our club.”

Meanwhile, fringe Richmond defender Oleg Markov, who played 23 matches for the Tigers since debuting in 2016, has joined Gold Coast for a future third-round draft pick.

The 24-year-old played six matches in 2020 and was emergency for the Tigers’ grand final against Geelong.

The Giants and Cats will head to the trade table with the Cats’ bevy of first-round picks — currently 13, 15 and 20 — firmly in the Giants’ sights.

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US election 2020: Voting underway as polling places open across US


Americans have started casting their election day ballots in support of either Donald Trump or Joe Biden as polling places opened across the United States.

Long lines started forming before dawn on Tuesday with polls opening in some eastern states as early as 6am EST. 

Record numbers of Americans – nearly 100 million – have already cast their ballots early due to concerns over Postal Service delays and worries about COVID-10 spreading through crowded polling places.

Now it falls to election day voters to finish the job, ending a campaign that was upended by the pandemic and defined by tensions over who could best address it.

Biden has had a strong and consistent lead in national polls but Trump is close in enough swing states to possibly piece together the 270 state-by-state Electoral College votes needed to hold on to the presidency. 

The most closely watched results will start to trickle in after 7pm EST when polls close in states such as Georgia.

Definitive national results, however, could take days if the contest is tight.   

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Voters check in with election officials before receiving their ballots at Ballard High School

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: People stand in line to vote at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center first thing Tuesday morning on the last day to cast their vote for either Trump or Biden

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA: People stand in line to vote at the Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center first thing Tuesday morning on the last day to cast their vote for either Trump or Biden

LANSING, MICHIGAN: Voters in Lansing lined up outside Willow School before sunrise on election day

LANSING, MICHIGAN: Voters in Lansing lined up outside Willow School before sunrise on election day

MIAMI, FLORIDA: Voter lined up around the block at John F. Kennedy Library first thing Tuesday morning to cast their votes

MIAMI, FLORIDA: Voter lined up around the block at John F. Kennedy Library first thing Tuesday morning to cast their votes

Results in Florida, where mail-in ballots can be counted before election day, are expected to begin to come in relatively quickly on Tuesday night. But Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin will not begin counting the vast majority of mail ballots until election day, raising the possibility of a prolonged vote count that could stretch for several days. 

More than 99 million Americans have already voted early either in person or by mail, motivated not only by concerns about waiting in line on election day amid the pandemic but also by extraordinary levels of enthusiasm after such a polarizing campaign. 

The record-shattering total is already more than 70 percent of the total 2016 vote, according to the US Elections Project at the University of Florida. Experts predict the vote could reach 160 million, far exceeding the 138 million ballots cast four years ago. 

Fighting to the end for every vote, Biden was headed to Philadelphia and his native Scranton on Tuesday as part of a closing get-out-the-vote effort before awaiting election results in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware. 

Biden and his wife, Jill, started the day with a stop at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine in Wilmington, Delaware, with two of his grandchildren in tow. After a brief church visit, the four walked to his late son Beau Biden’s grave, in the church cemetery.

Trump made a morning appearance on Fox & Friends where he predicted he will win by a larger electoral margin than he did in 2016. He also planned to visit his campaign headquarters in Virginia. He invited hundreds of supporters to an election night party in the East Room of the White House.  

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Voters check in at First Ward Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina shortly after the polls opened on election day

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA: Voters check in at First Ward Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina shortly after the polls opened on election day

PORTLAND, MAINE: People wait in line to vote in Maine first thing Tuesday morning

EDINGBURG, OHIO: Voters wait in line before dawn at a polling location at the Edinburg Town Hall in Edinburg

EDINGBURG, OHIO: Voters wait in line before dawn at a polling location at the Edinburg Town Hall in Edinburg

LANSING, MICHIGAN: Dozens of voters wearing masks cast their ballots at Willow School in Lansing

LANSING, MICHIGAN: Dozens of voters wearing masks cast their ballots at Willow School in Lansing

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Voters wearing masks lined up down the block at a polling station in the city

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: Voters wearing masks lined up down the block at a polling station in the city

HILLSBORO, VIRGINIA: Voters wait in line at a polling location at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro

HILLSBORO, VIRGINIA: Voters wait in line at a polling location at the Old Stone School in Hillsboro

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: Voters arrive at St. Maria Goretti Church where five voting precincts are located as polls open

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA: Voters arrive at St. Maria Goretti Church where five voting precincts are located as polls open

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Polls opened in some Eastern states at 6am EST. The most closely watched results will start to trickle in after 7pm EST when polls close in states such as Georgia

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: Polls opened in some Eastern states at 6am EST. The most closely watched results will start to trickle in after 7pm EST when polls close in states such as Georgia



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Wombat killer search underway after animal dies post-surgery from multiple gunshots


National parks and wildlife investigators are calling for public information to identity the shooter who killed a wombat near Kingston in South Australia’s south-east.

Warning: images in this story may be distressing.

The wombat, affectionately known as Harold, died after being shot multiple times.

It is understood the young wombat, aged around 4 years, was peppered with pellets that left the animal with extensive internal injuries.

National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers have made extensive door-to-door enquiries of properties in the vicinity where the wombat was rescued.

It is believed the animal was shot some days before he was found and taken to Adelaide for emergency surgery.

The call for public information coincides with World Wombat Day this week that aims to raise awareness over the iconic marsupial.

Wombats being shot a ‘huge problem’

Wombat Awareness Organisation founding director Brigitte Stevens warned wombats were being shot with no consequences.

Veterinary staff perform surgery in a bid to save Harold’s life after the wombat was sprayed with multiple pellets.(Supplied: Adelaide Veterinary Surgical Services)

“Every weekend people are going out shooting and every weekend we have people calling us to say wombats have been shot in the burrows or on the side of the road. It is a huge problem,” Ms Stevens said.

She described Harold’s injuries as shocking and “heartbreaking”.

“He was obviously just too weak to pull through after the surgery. He was just one incredible little wombat that just tried so hard and it brings tears to my eyes,” Ms Stevens said.

“We found so many holes. Even after surgery Harold had pellets coming out of his feet,” Ms Stevens said.

“It’s really hard for the department because the people that are doing it are not the people who are going to dob them in.”

An injured wombat after surgery
Harold underwent major surgery after being shot multiple times. Sadly, he did not not survive.(Supplied: Adelaide Veterinary Surgical Services)

She warned shooters chose isolated areas in regional areas so people did not see their actions.

“It’s just us who get to see the carnage afterwards,” Ms Stevens said.

“It’s terrifying to think that we have people like that in the community that don’t have any consideration to the welfare of animals, let alone our native wildlife.”

Calls for the shooter to ‘own up’

Adelaide veterinary surgeon Richard Savory treated Harold and described the incident as shocking and the worst he had seen.

“This wombat was left on the side of the road to die. This is an abhorrent and senseless use of a firearm,” Dr Savory said.

He said he wanted the shooter to be found and face the consequences.

“I have never seen anything like it during my 30 years,” Dr Savory said.

He said the animal was shot in the abdomen and left shoulder, leaving extensive injuries.

Given wombats had thick and leathery skin, he said most of the pellets would have “bounced off” and not penetrated.

Dr Savory said the incident was particularly cruel given the perpetrator would have known these pellets would not kill the animal straight away.

“I want the shooter to own up and admit they did it and think about their actions.”

Door-to-door inquiries underway

The South Australian Department for Environment and Water has confirmed an investigation into the incident has begun.

“National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers have conducted extensive door-to-door enquiries of properties in the vicinity where the animal was rescued last Monday,” a spokesperson said.

“Investigators are also working with the vets who treated Harold to gather any relevant medical-forensic evidence.”

Harold was found between Robe and Kingston on the side of the road by local wildlife carer Julia Dangerfield before he was taken to the Mount Barker Veterinary Clinic.

People with information are urged contact the department on 08 8204 1910.



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Royal Hobart Show 2021 planning underway as Tasmanians pine for fun of the fair


In an average year, which 2020 is definitely not, there would be 20 agricultural shows in Tasmania, ranging in length from the four-day Royal Hobart Show to smaller, shorter events on the Bass Strait islands, King and Flinders.

Most of this year’s shows have unsurprisingly been cancelled, but ABC Hobart and Northern Tasmania’s Your Afternoon program has not let that put a dint in the classic show celebrations, with suggestions on how to celebrate a show at home.

The agricultural shows, while providing a serious competition space for agricultural competitors and an annual opportunity for families in remote areas of the state to gather, also provide work for the operators of Side Show Alley, as well as local food vendors.

The Hobart Show is celebrating 200 years in 2021.(ABC News: Aneeta Bhole)

While jobs have been lost, many of the Tasmanian shows rely on volunteers to make them happen.

Mark Jessop, vice president of the Huon Agricultural Show, said they made the decision to cancel early so that it did not impact stallholders.

He is planning for the 2021 show already, as is Scott Gadd, director of the Royal Hobart Show.

The Hobart Show is celebrating 200 years in 2021.

“The colony was staffed by convicts, the convicts were often hungry, so the big issue on show day was stock theft.”

Photo from above of a cake with icing made to look like succulents and soil, with words Succulent cupcake, ABC, & best in Show
ABC Hobart and Northern Tasmania is running a virtual agricultural show. This is the winning entry from the cupcake icing competition.(Supplied: Reyna McMillan)

Day at the show

A day in town for ‘the show’ has been memorable for many generations of Tasmanians, with the larger ones opening for school trips before dedicated ‘show day’ public holidays for the north and south of the state.

This year, despite the cancellation of the shows, the public holidays are still going ahead.

Shows around the country have been an important day in farming calendars, some of them offering an annual social experience for farming which is traditionally an isolated activity.

Show day competitions

Shows have traditionally allowed whole families to get engaged in competition, and display of the pride of their farms, and of the farm kitchens, with best cakes, best scones, best jams being key sections for judging.

Farming families bring their prize stock for competition, but children attending the show may have spent weeks deciding which show bag to choose — the Bertie Beetle or the Wonder Woman, a conundrum for many.

While your local ABC’s Your Afternoon presenter in Tasmania, Helen Shield, is not able to offer show bags, or awards for prize bullocks, the Best Potato Limerick Competition was won by Christine with a limerick about her grandson, Hugh, whose special ingredient for growing potatoes was liquid cow poo.

Reyna from Rosebury on the West Coast won the cake icing competition.

Photograph of a young man with beard and glasses holding a cardboard box with dagwood dogs and tomato sauce
Jarrod Sorbian, a chef at a Hobart pub, recently perfected the dagwood dog and offered it on the menu.(ABC Radio Hobart: Rachel Edwards)

Show day diet

Are you one of those rare birds who have never eaten a dagwood dog, the battered deep-fried saveloy, a mainstay of the Australian agricultural show?

These days, agricultural shows generally showcase some of the best farm produce on offer, but the ability to wolf down six doughnuts and jump on the Gee Whizzer ride still has show cred.

Jarrod Sorbian is a chef at a Hobart pub and he has recently offered dagwood dogs on the menu.

He told ABC’s Helen Shield that while it took a few attempts to get the batter right, it is a basic process to make them, and he encouraged people to jump online for a recipe.

History of the dagwood dog

The Australian Food History Timeline website reports that there was a court case in 1949 following the sale of the first dagwood dog, which another fried food stall had been selling as the proto pup, a North American invention.

Dagwood dog at the Royal Hobart Show
There was a court case in 1949 following the sale of the first dagwood dog.(ABC News: Aneeta Bhole)

In court, the product was described “a stick inserted axially in the frankfurt, leaving a portion thereof protruding.

The court case was settled when the dagwood dog vendors agreed to pay a royalty for every axially inserted saveloy sold.

Close up photograph of a woman smiling holding an auburn chicken that is wearing a sash that reads Tasmania's Virtual Show 2020
ABC presenter Helen Shield can’t offer show bags, but she can show off this chicken wearing a virtual show prize ribbon.(ABC Radio Hobart: Lucille Cutting)

The sounds of the show

Eighties pop songs blasted through tinny speakers, lambs bleating from the petting zoo, or grunts from teenagers as they lead their prized, bottle-raised merino sheep around the ring are tricky to replicate from home.

But a sound that you can easily replicate at home is that of a child who has had too much sugar and has lost control.

This can be achieved with fairy floss coating the child’s hands and face, crunchy pink sugar is a must — and to excess.

For the authentic Hobart Show experience, recreate this scene underneath a sprinkler: Show days in Hobart are notorious for their rainy weather.



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Coronavirus contact tracing underway after north Queensland woman tests positive


A public health alert has been issued for several medical facilities and two domestic flights in Far North Queensland after a Townsville woman tested positive for coronavirus while visiting Melbourne.

The woman, aged in her 30s, had travelled to a number of locations in Hyde Park and Pimlico in the past two weeks, before flying to Cairns and Brisbane, then to Victoria on October 7.

She tested positive three days after arriving in Melbourne.

Mr Miles said the woman “most likely” contracted the virus in Melbourne, but Queensland authorities would be “ultra cautious” and treat the case as though she was infectious while in Townsville, Cairns and Brisbane.

Between September 28 and October 1, the woman had visited the Icon Cancer Centre, the Mater Day Surgery and NQ Vascular.

Mr Miles said a number of health care professionals had been placed into isolation.

In a statement, Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said the case needed to be treated with an “abundance of caution”.

“We are asking anyone who has been to these suburbs at these dates and times to monitor their health — if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms, no matter how mild, get tested,” Dr Young said.

“Caution is key in ensuring we catch every possible case.”

Mr Miles said a number of the woman’s known close contacts have been told to isolate and get tested.

Contact tracing is also underway for passengers on Qantas flight QF2302 from Townsville to Cairns on October 3 and Virgin flight VA782 from Cairns to Brisbane on October 6.

ACT Health also issued a statement saying it was contacting passengers and crew on Qantas flight QF1543 from Brisbane to Canberra who might have been in close contact with the woman.

It said there was “a low likelihood of virus transmission to Canberrans”.

Queensland Health has determined the locations the woman visited in Brisbane and Cairns were considered “very low risk” and have not been listed in the alert.

Checking for link to wastewater

The latest case comes after COVID-19 was detected in Townsville’s wastewater on the weekend.

Scientists are currently conducting genome sequence testing on the sewage results and the woman to see if there is a link.  

“It might explain that and there is a theory there that needs to be tested,” Mr Miles said.

He said the woman appeared to be another asymptomatic case.

“She’s not showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and that’s why it’s challenging for us to identify when she may have been infectious.

“If there are any locations where people may have been in contact with this woman, then we will make public health alerts during the day,” he said.

The positive result has not been included in Queensland’s tally, with the state recording no new cases in the past 24 hours.

Two infections remain active.

“That’s really a very impressive run,” Mr Miles said.

There were 5,628 tests carried out in the past 24 hours including more than 250 in Townsville.



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