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Former Wallaby David Pocock calls time on rugby union career, looks to conservation - ABC News
After a 15-year career in rugby union, former Wallaby David Pocock says it "feels like the right time" to step away from playing the game.
Former Wallaby David Pocock is hanging up the boots for good, confirming he's played his last game of professional rugby union. Key points:
- David Pocock is retiring from all forms of professional rugby union
- Pocock captained the Wallabies and played for the ACT Brumbies and Western Force
- He will now turn his attention to conservation projects
Adelaide Oval hotel dog mauled to death weeks after venue opening - ABC News
Adelaide Oval's new hotel has been open for less than a month, but staff are already mourning the loss of a popular canine resident — 20-week-old puppy Charli.
A popular puppy that welcomed guests at the new Adelaide Oval hotel has been mauled to death just weeks after the venue's long-awaited opening.
- Charli the puppy was killed by another dog during an evening walk
- The puppy featured in the hotel's official opening last month
- Hotel staff say the loss is "heartbreaking"
Police arrest demonstrators at Melbourne protest against coronavirus lockdown restrictions - ABC News
Anti-lockdown protesters, many refusing to wear masks, gather at Melbourne's war memorial and march through the city, shouting "free Victoria".
An anti-lockdown protest is underway in Melbourne, where police have used pepper spray amid scuffles with demonstrators. Anti-lockdown protesters, many refusing to wear masks, gathered at Melbourne's war memorial are shouting "free Victoria" amid a strong police response. Police have used pepper spray amid scuffles with some of the demonstrators at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, an AAP photographer on scene says. Protesters number about 200 to 300 and are gathered for a "Freedom Day" rally in opposition to coronavirus restrictions in the city. Several people have been arrested, including a man filmed by TV crews saying, "What are you holding me for?" Many of the demonstrators were not wearing face masks.(AAP: James Ross) LIVE UPDATES: Read our blog for the latest news on the COVID-19 pandemic. The protest started about 2:00pm and is one of the larger events of its kind over the past few months against Premier Daniel Andrews's tough measures to control COVID-19 infections. Protesters in the Shrine forecourt are holding placards with slogans such as "media is the virus", "COVID-19 is a scam" and "wake up Aussies". Some are wearing t-shirts that say "let Victoria work". Police surrounded demonstrators at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance.(ABC News) Many people have pulled their face masks under their chin or are not wearing them at all. Officers have surrounded the protesters on foot, with more forming an outer wall, and many are on horseback. Protesters could face two separate fines for attending the rally at the Shrine of Remembrance. Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius warned that protesters could fall foul of legislation governing behaviour at the Shrine. AAP's photographer said on Friday that this legislation is being cited in arrests. Police have made several arrests.(AAP: James Ross) Premier calls protesters 'selfish' Earlier, when asked about the demonstration at his daily press conference, the Premier said the protest was unhelpful. "Protests are not safe. Protests are selfish," Mr Andrews said. "Protests are potentially very dangerous to the strategy we have in place. Speaking before the protest, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the Shrine was no place for demonstrations. "We want to get the place open and make announcements on Sunday, and if people are out protesting, that does not help. "I think common decency would see people only go to the Shrine when they wanted to remember and to appropriately commemorate the sacrifice of hundred of thousands of others. That is what the Shrine is about it is not about making political points one way or the other." Protesters chanted slogans including "free Victoria".(AAP: James Ross) While lockdown rules have been eased this week, Melburnians can still travel no more than 25 kilometres from their homes and are not permitted to have visitors to their home, except for permitted reasons. They also can be fined if they gather in groups of more than 10 from more than two households, and must wear masks as well as social distance. There were scuffles and several arrests last month as police broke up a protest at the Shrine. A website for the protest tells participants: "Daniel Andrews must resign and lockdowns must end. Restore our freedoms now." AAP/ABC Police arrest anti-lockdown demonstrators at Melbourne's Shrine of Remembrance. What you need to know about coronavirus:
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian's documents approving of council grants were shredded by her office - ABC News
An inquiry investigating alleged pork-barrelling is told that the NSW Premier's office shredded documents about millions of dollars in grants that were mostly allocated to councils in Coalition-held seats.
Documents which Premier Gladys Berejiklian signed to give her approval of millions of dollars in grants to local councils were later shredded, a NSW parliamentary inquiry has heard.
- The inquiry is investigating the allocation of $250 million worth of grants to local councils across NSW
- Six grants were awarded to projects in the electorate of Wagga Wagga in 2017
- At the time the Premier was in a secret relationship with Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire
Wild weather lashes South Australia, cuts power to Eyre Peninsula properties - ABC News
Wild weather and fierce lightning storms moving across South Australia cut power to thousands of homes, creating problems for stranded tourists.
Wild weather and fierce lightning storms have moved across parts of South Australia including Eyre Peninsula, cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses.
- Power was cut to more than 10,000 homes but has been partially restored
- Weather warnings have been issued for much of the state for the coming days
- An outback pub owner is concerned about tourists getting stranded
Presidential debate live: Trump and Biden clash over COVID-19 stimulus, Hunter Biden and race - ABC News
US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden kept clear of the interruptions, but didn't shy away from attacking each other in the final debate. Follow live.
For the final time of the 2020 US election campaign, US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden met on the debate stage. Follow all the reaction to the debate in the debate in the blog below. 1mminute agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:49amBy Emily Olson And here's a few hot takes from US journos and pundits 6mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:43amBy Emily Olson Here's your gut takes We'll get into the pundits' thoughts (and yep, thoughts from me and Pete included). I think the closing question really summed up both men's... lets call it "style" really well: Trump started talking about what he would do, then went off on a tangent about Biden and taxes, then Biden ACTUALLY answered the question and put himself in the hypothetical situation. I know which one I'd rather hear on election night...-Narelle Seemed a bit more measured than Debate 1. But still, urgh.-Nick (White Choccy Lobby) God help the world if either one of them wins. Isn't there someone else-Barb Trump's answer to the final question was so self-indicting, and Biden's was so graceful and positive. How can there even be a contest?-Sam I thought it went even, which is really a win for Biden. Everything I've seen is talking about how much more civil it was, rather than any major win or fail by either candidate-Lachlan 12mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:38amBy Emily Olson Closing question Welker asks what each candidate would say in their inauguration speech: "What would you say in your address to Americans who did not vote for you?" Here's Trump's response, in full: "We have to make our country totally successful, as it was prior to the plague coming in from China. Now we are rebuilding it, and we are doing record numbers. 11.4 million jobs in a short period of time, etc. But I will tell you, go back. Before the plague came in, just before, I was getting calls from people that were not normally people that would call me. They wanted to get together. We had the best black unemployment numbers in the history of our country. Hispanic and Asian, people with diplomas, with no diplomas, MIT graduates, number one in the class. Everybody had the best numbers. And the other side wanted to get together, they wanted to unify, success is going to bring us together. We are on the road to success. But I'm cutting taxes, and he wants to raise everybody's taxes, and he wants to put new regulations on everything. He will kill it. If he gets in, you will have a depression the likes of which you have never seen. Your 401ks will go to hell and it will be a very sad day for this country." "I will say, I am an American president. I represent all of you, whether you voted for me or against me. And I am going to make sure that you are represented. I am going to give you hope. We're going to move on. We're going to issue signs of affection, we're going to choose hope over the fear, we're going to choose to move forward because have enormous opportunities. We can grow this economy, we can deal with the systemic racism, at the same time we can make sure that our economy is being run and moved and motivated by clean energy, creating millions of new jobs. And that's the fact. That's what we're going to do. And I'm going to say, as I said as a beginning, what is on the ballot here is the character of this country. Decency, honour, respect, treating people with dignity. Making sure that everyone has an even chance. And I'm going to make sure you get that. You haven't been getting at the last four years." 18mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:32amBy Peter Marsh How much longer? What time does the debate finish?-Courtney T Supposedly sometime now-ish Courtney. The debate was due to run for 90 minutes, but Welker just said she had one more question BEFORE getting to the final section. So we'll be here a bit longer at least. 19mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:31amBy Emily Olson Sneaking in questions on climate change The moderator is nearly out of time, but asked both candidates, "how would you both climate change and support job growth at the same time"? Trump said he'd continue to keep America beautifully 'clean' without 'ruining its industries.' "I will not sacrifice tens of millions of jobs, thousands and thousands of companies because of the Paris Accords. It was so unfair. China doesn't kick in until 2030. Russia goes back to a low standard and we kicked in right away. It would have destroyed our businesses. So, are you ready? We have done an incredible job environmentally. We have the cleanest air, the cleanest water and the best carbon emission standards that we have seen in many, many years," Trump said. Biden outlined his climate change plan: "What it does is will create millions of new, good paying jobs. We're going to invest in, for example, 500,000, excuse me, 50,000, charging stations on our highways so we can own the electric car market of the future. In the meantime, China is doing that. We're going to be in a position where we're going to see to it that we are going to take 4 million existing buildings and 2 million existing homes and retrofit them so they don't leak as much energy, saving hundreds of millions of barrels of oil in the process and creating significant numbers of jobs. And by the way, the whole idea of what this is going to do create millions of jobs, and it is going to clean the environment. Our health and our jobs are at stake, that is what is happening. And right now by the way, Wall Street has indicated that my plan, my plan will in fact create 18.6 million jobs, 7 million more than his," Biden said. Trump responded by saying Biden's climate plan was proposed by "AOC plus three," a reference to the young, highly liberal wing of the democratic party, which is untrue. "We are energy independent for the first time. We don't need all of these countries that we had to fight was over because we needed their energy. We are energy independent. I know more about wind than you do. It is extremely expensive. It kills all of the birds," Trump said. The two then sparred over fracking. Trump claims Biden wants to ban it. Biden says he's never said he wants to ban it. 26mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:24amBy Emily Olson The candidates defend their specific records on race Trump was asked why he's spoken out against the Black Lives Matter movement and shared social media content from white supremacists. "I don't know what to say. I got criminal justice reform done and prison reform done, opportunity zones, took care of Black colleges and universities. I don't know what to say. They can say anything. They can say anything, it makes me sad because I am the least racist person, I can't even see the audience because it is so dark but I don't care who was in the audience. I am the least racist person in this room," Trump said. Biden was asked why black men should vote for him given his former support for the 1994 Crime Bill. One of the things is, in the 80s, all the senators wanted and voted on it. It was a mistake -- 100%. I been trying to change it since, and particularly the portion on cocaine. That is why I been arguing that we should not send anybody to jail for a pure drug offence. They should be going into treatment across the board. That is what we should be spending money on. That is why I set up drug courts who were never funded by our Republican friends. They should not be going to jail for a drug or alcohol problem. They should be going into treatment," Biden said. 27mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:23amBy Peter Marsh We're supposed to be talking about race ... But we're back to talking about issues of character. Trump said he ran for president because of Joe Biden and Barack Obama. "Joe, I ran because of you. I ran because of Barack Obama. Because you did a poor job. If I thought you did a good job I would have never run. I would have never run. I ran because of you. I'm looking at you now, you're a politician, I ran because of you," Trump said. Biden takes the chance to respond to bring up character. "What is happening here is, you know who I am and you know who he is, you know his character and my character. You know our reputations for honour and telling the truth. I am anxious to have this race, anxious to see this take place. I am a character of the country - the character of the country is on the ballot and look at is closely," Biden said. Trump quickly jumped on that as another opportunity to talk about Hunter Biden. "Excuse me, if this stuff is true about Russia, Ukraine, China, other countries. In Iraq, if this is true, he is a corrupt politician. Don't give me this stuff about how you are this innocent baby. So, they are calling you a corrupt politician. The laptop from hell," Trump said. "There are 54 national intelligence folks who said what he is accusing me of is a Russia plant. He has said this is all the characteristics, five former heads of the CIA, both parties say what he is saying is a bunch of garbage. Nobody believes that except him and his good friend, Rudy Giuliani," Biden said. 32mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:18amBy Emily Olson Race is the next topic up Welker kicked off this section by asking both candidates to address parents of black and brown children who are forced to warn their kids about the possibility of police brutality. "The fact of the matter is, there is institutional racism in America. And we have always said, we have never lived up to it, but we hold these truths to be self-evident, or men and women are created equal. We have never, ever lived up to it. We have constantly been moving the needle further towards exclusion, not inclusion. This is the first president comes along and says, that is the end of that, we're not going to do that anymore. We have provided for better health go, better economic better access to schooling, better access to borrowing money to start businesses, all the things we can do, and I have laid out a clear plan as to how we can do those things, just to give these people a shot," Biden said. Trump, asked the same question, began by attacking Biden for not fixing racial injustice while he had the chance under the Obama Administration. "If you look, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, nobody has done what I've done, criminal justice reform. Obama and Joe didn't do it, I don't even think they tried, because they had no chance of doing it, they might have wanted to do it," Trump said. He later touted his work with funding Historically Black Colleges and Universities, researching Opportunity Zones, and implementing criminal justice reform. 38mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:11amBy Emily Olson A few sparks on immigration Trump accused Biden of instigating the child separation policy by "building the cages". Biden chimed right back by citing statistics on how many children are still missing. The two went a few rounds on that. Here's a taste: "Who built the cages, Joe?" Trump asked. "Parents, the kids were ripped from their arms separated stop and now they cannot find over 500 sets of those parents, and those kids are alone. No where to go! No where to go! It's criminal! It's criminal," Biden responded. They then got into more substantive policy, with Biden admitting the Obama administration made mistakes on things like DACA but learned from them. "It took too long to get it right. It took too long to get it right. I will be president of the United States, not Vice President of the United States, and the fact is, I have made it very clear, within 100 days I am going to censure the US Congress to pass citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people, and all of those so-called Dreamers, those DACA kids, they will be immediately certified again to be able to stay in this country, and put on a path to citizenship," he said. 38mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:11amBy Peter Marsh Why the titles? Why does the moderator call Biden Vice President?-Confused In US politics public officials keep their titles once they leave office. It's why you heard Hillary Clinton be referred to as "Secretary Clinton" in 2016. It's a courtesy thing, and not just for debates. When he leaves office (whether that's in 2021 or in 2025) Donald Trump will still be referred to as "President Trump" in US media, just like Barack Obama is still called "President Obama" despite the fact that he's not in office. Umm, did Trump just reply Good when Biden said youve got over 500 kids who dont know where their parents are?!-What? No. Trump said "go ahead" to Welker, inviting her to ask the next question. 44mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:05amBy Peter Marsh 46mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:04amBy Emily Olson Would Trump or Biden raise the minimum wage? "We're talking about struggling small businesses and business owners these days, do you think this is the right time to ask them to raise the minimum wage and support a $15 minimum wage?" Welker asked. Biden said yes, then moved onto calls to bail out struggling small businesses. Trump said he'd support a minimum wage in his second term but keep it a state-by-state option. 48mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 2:01amBy Emily Olson Key Event Why hasn't there been another coronavirus stimulus package? The follow-up questions are hard to, well, follow. In a single rebuttal on healthcare, Trump jumped from socialism to social security to the stock market, and Biden played ball. Welker, calm but struggling to keep the candidates on track, just jumped to the next topic, asking Trump why he wouldn't support a second coronavirus stimulus bill given so many Americans are facing unemployment and financial hardship. "Nancy Pelosi doesn't want to approve anything because she would to have some victories on a date called November 3. Nancy Pelosi does not want to approve it. We are ready, willing and able to do something. Don't forget, we have already approved three plans and they have gone through, including the Democrats, in all fairness," Trump said. Biden, asked why he wouldn't push the Democrats to compromise, blamed in on the sitting Republican politicians. "This Heroes Act has been sitting there and look at what is happening. When I was in charge of the recovery act with $800 billion, I was able to get $145 billion dollars to local communities have to balance their budgets and to stay balance their budgets and they have to fire firefighters, teachers, first responders, law enforcement officers so they could keep their cities and counties running. He will not support that. They have not done a thing for them. Mitch McConnell said, let them go bankrupt, let them go bankrupt. What is the matter with these guys?" 54mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 1:56amBy Peter Marsh Key Event Was this the mute button being used? I missed this in the moment, but it certainly appears that Trump's mic was cut as his opening two minutes on health care expired. ICYMI, each candidate gets two minutes to talk uninterrupted at the start of each segment. When it's their opponents time, their mic is muted. The mics are on for the rest of the segment. 57mminutes agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 1:53amBy Emily Olson We're on to healthcare now Welker asked Trump what he would do for the 20 million Americans who would have their health insurance taken away if the Affordable Care Act was overturned under a new conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Trump said he wanted to come up with a "brand new beautiful healthcare" plan, but he was light on the specifics beyond saying he'd protect pre-existing conditions. He ended by claiming Biden will end private insurance, which is not something the former vice-president has pledged. "Joe Biden is going to terminate all of those policies. These are people who love their healthcare. People have been successful -- middle income people who have been successful. They have 180 million plans, 180 million plans. What he wants to do, which will basically be socialised medicine and they won't even have a choice, they want to terminate 180 million million plans. We have done an incredible job on healthcare and we are doing to do even better." Biden focused on Trump's lack of a clear plan, then laid out his own: "I am going to pass Obamacare with a public option to become Bidencare. If you qualify for Medicaid and don't have the wherewithal in your state then you are automatically enrolled, providing competition for insurance companies. That is what is going to happen. Secondly, we're going to make sure we the premiums and drug prices decrease by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with the insurance companies. Thirdly, the idea that I watch to eliminate private insurers, the reason why I had such a fight with 20 candidates for nomination, was I support private insurance. Not one single person on private insurance would lose their insurance under my plan nor did they under Obamacare." 1hhour agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 1:48amBy Peter Marsh North Korea comes up Trump is asked if North Korea has "betrayed" him given recent that it is still developing its nuclear arsenal. "I have a very good relationship with him, a different kind of a guy, but he probably thinks the same kind of thing about me. We have a different kind of relationship. We have a very good relationship and there is no war," Trump said. "Instead of being in a war where millions of people, you know, Seoul is 25 miles away, millions and millions, there are 32 million people in Seoul, 32 million people would be dead, we don't have a war I have a good relationship." Biden said there was only one condition under which he would meet with Kim Jong-Un: "On the condition that he would agree to drawing down his earlier capacity. The Korean Peninsula should be a nuclear free zone." 1hhour agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 1:44amBy Peter Marsh Biden says Trump is bringing up "malarkey" Biden's pretty frustrated with the back-and-forth on the allegations, so he tries to steer the debate back on ground he wants to talk about: "Look stop there is a reason why he is bringing up all this malarkey. There is a reason for it. He doesn't want to talk about the substance of issues. It is not about his family and my family. It is about your family. And your family is hurting badly. If you are making less than, if you are a middle-class family, you are getting hurt badly right now. You're sitting at the kitchen table this deciding, well, we can't get new tires because we have to wait another month or so, or are we going to be able to pay the mortgage, or who is going to tell her that she can't go back to community college? They are the decisions you are making, the middle-class families like I grew up within Scranton. They are in trouble. We should be talking about your family's but that is the last thing he wants to talk about," Biden said. Trump says that is the response of a "typical politician": "Just a typical politician. I'm not a typical politician. That's why I got elected," Trump said. 1hhour agoFriFriday23OctOctober2020 at 1:42amBy Emily Olson What you think of this debate Oof. Tough critics. We're nearly at the halfway mark though, so we'll see if this second half might change your mind. I feel like we are watching two monkeys slinging mud at each other and trying to get some to stick-Mud bash This is pitiful and pathetic. One is stating information that can be fact checked, the other is making it up as he goes along and avoiding the hard questions. You decide which is which. Good grief! I weep for democracy. Sadly the great unwashed will fall for it hook, line and sinker!-Andrew Dunkley I like this moderator.-Petra There is too much emphasis on these debates, as though it is just a popularity contest. Serious policy issues are avoided. What about discussing the appalling state of the electoral process in America and their failure as a democratic society.-Gordon Payne I cant watch Trump. He makes no sense. He's a bully.-Daugi Show more posts
Qantas to chase new Asian routes, with flights to UK and United States unlikely for another year - ABC News
Australians are unlikely to fly to the US or UK on Qantas for another year, with its chief executive outlining that this could "potentially" happen "by the end of 2021", with the airline turning its focus to new Asian markets in the meantime.
Australians are unlikely to fly to the United States or UK on Qantas for another year, with its chief executive outlining that this could "potentially" happen "by the end of 2021". "For some of our big destination like the United States and the UK, it's going to need a vaccine given the high prevalence of the virus in both of those locations," Qantas Group boss Alan Joyce said at the company's AGM in Sydney on Friday. "But we are getting more and more confident about the opportunities and the potential for a vaccine in helping getting those operations up by potentially by the end of 2021." He said it was "going to take some time to recover international travel back". Mr Joyce had previously said he did not expect that international flights, except for New Zealand, would resume before July 2021. The company has been running some very limited international flights, largely to help the Federal Government with repatriating Australians stuck overseas. It was also revealed that the company, which owns both Qantas and Jetstar, is expecting a further $100m in losses for the first quarter of this financial year, as border restrictions drag on due to COVID-19. "The unexpected closure of several domestic borders in July meant our recovery has been delayed," Mr Joyce said. "We had expected group domestic to be operating at about 60 per cent of pre-COVID levels by now. Instead, the continued border closures mean capacity is now below 30 per cent. "This delay resulted in a $100 million negative impact on earnings for the first quarter of FY21, and will have an impact on Q2 as well." The flying kangaroo recorded a $2 billion loss for 2019-20, with the coronavirus pandemic slashing its full-year revenue by 21 per cent. The company's chairman Richard Goyder used the AGM to criticise ongoing domestic border closures. "Even as numbers in Victoria come under control and New South Wales shows how small clusters can be managed, there is some frustrating inertia around the Queensland and Western Australian borders," he said. "This inertia that doesn't seem to be based on the actual health risk. "And that seems to ignore the broader economic and social risk involved with staying shut especially as Federal income support winds down." However, Mr Joyce said that "assuming" Queensland and NSW borders open in coming weeks, the airline could go back to flying about half of its pre-COVID domestic flights by Christmas. "We know that latent travel demand is strong," he said. The airline had just bought a new fleet of Airbus A380 when COVID-19 hit. Mr Joyce said it was "heartbreaking" that the large planes with significant first class capacity had been sent straight to "the desert for storage". "They'll be there for some years," he said. Union takes aim at virtual AGM The Transport Workers Union held this "fake AGM" at the same time as Qantas Group's meeting.(Supplied: TWU) Around 18,000 of the company's staff are still stood down. The airline's AGM was done virtually this year due to COVID-19, meaning shareholders could only write in questions. On Friday, the Transport Workers Union held an "alternative AGM" and used an actor, complete with an Irish accent, to play Mr Joyce. In a parody of recent events, the fake Mr Joyce addressed the union's concerns about outsourcing workers by saying outsourcing would "take the pressure off everybody". Mr Goyder hit back at these claims during the AGM, dubbing the union "misleading". "They've been extremely misleading and have been overlooking the fact that COVID has presented extreme times," he said. Airline will chase Asian markets instead The airline flagged plans toprioritise Asian markets as speculation mounts about Australia forming COVID-19 "bubbles" with countries with low case numbers. Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged last month that international arrivals from South Korea, Japan and countries in the Pacific could potentially avoid hotel quarantine. "Both Qantas and Jetstar are keeping a close eye on new markets that might open up as a result of these bubbles including places that weren't part of our pre-COVID network," Qantas chairman Richard Goyder said. "By early next year, we may find that Korea, Taiwan and various islands in the Pacific are top Qantas destinations while we wait for our core international markets like the US and UK to re-open." The airline has also announced two of its board's directors will go and will not be replaced, reducing its size by 20 per cent. "We consider this appropriate under the circumstances when the company is scaling back at all levels," Mr Goyder said. Barbara Ward and Paul Rayner have been on the company's board since 2008.
Alleged Jeffrey Epstein victims want justice, but Ghislaine Maxwell's deposition is a determined, redacted denial - ABC News
After a protracted legal battle to keep the document secret, Ghislaine Maxwell's testimony in a defamation suit brought by one of Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims is now public. This is what the 465 pages reveal.
In a moment when the world was ready to read Ghislaine Maxwell's own words about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, there was a sense her testimony could reveal explosive details about the alleged sex trafficking ring they are accused of operating and who else might be involved. Ms Maxwell was deposed during a 2016 defamation suit, but the transcript was only unsealed today, revealing her account of the Epstein case for the first time. In the 465-page document, Ms Maxwell responds to questions about the alleged abuse and predation of girls as young as 14 with both broad denial and precise rebuttal. Ms Maxwell repeatedly denies ever seeing Epstein engage in a sexual act and says she knows nothing about underage girls being at his properties. Epstein is dead and Ms Maxwell is sitting in a Brooklyn prison, but for their accusers, that is nowhere near enough. The alleged victims are seeking a kind of justice that is as far reaching as the depravity they say they endured and some had hoped the release of the Maxwell deposition would reveal who else may have to fall. Yesterday, ahead of the document's release, alleged Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre tweeted: "With more transparency, I am hopeful that all who helped perpetrate these heinous crimes will be held accountable. "Watch the draconian oligarchs turn against one another." After being charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking, Epstein took his own life in jail. A year later, Ms Maxwell was charged with similar crimes, accused of grooming girls and serving them to powerful predators. Coded messages, black books and flight logs were tended as evidence of a sophisticated global sex trafficking ring allegedly run by the pair for their own amusement and for that of their wealthy friends. The women say when they were allegedly promised a better life, they were vulnerable and living at the fringes. But even though the women had so little to their names, their abusers still found something to take. Marie Farmer said she decided not to have children because she could never trust they would be safe. Ms Giuffre said a piece of her was taken and she could never get it back. Teala Davies said she lived with fear for her daughters "everyone's daughters". Victims identified, other names redacted Large parts of the deposition have been redacted, although the names of some victims do appear. Miami Herald journalist Julie Brown who investigated how Epstein secured a plea deal in his earlier conviction and eventually blew the case open, asked why some victims' names remained visible to the public when presumably high-profile identities had been redacted. There are sections of the deposition where, despite the redactions, the identities at the centre of questioning are apparent. Ms Giuffre has alleged British royal Prince Andrew to be among the men to whom she was trafficked. She says it happened three times. Both Prince Andrew and the palace have emphatically denied he had any form of sexual contact or relationship with Ms Giuffre, saying "any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation". At the centre of allegations involving Prince Andrew is a photo of the royal, Ms Giuffre and Maxwell. Ms McCawley appears to ask Ms Maxwell about that photo in the deposition. Ms Maxwell said she did not recognise the photo and she was not sure it was real. Ms McCawley persists and asks if Ms Maxwell's house in London features the balustrade and painting seen in the image. "I do have a picture," Ms Maxwell said. "Do you recall on the left-hand side having a railing that looks like that with sort of a bubble wood top?" Ms McCawley says. Ms Maxwell: "I do." Ms Maxwell also said Ms Giuffre's characterisation of what happened in her London home was "ludicrous", "an obvious lie" and "just not possible". "President Clinton" does appear unredacted in the document. Ms McCawley asks: "You did fly on Jeffrey Epstein's planes with President Clinton, is that correct?" Ms Maxwell says she has done so, but she is unable to say whether former US president Bill Clinton and Epstein are friends. 'I wouldn't describe sex toys' In a line of questioning that appeared to test just how intimately Ms Maxwell knew Epstein's sexual behaviour, Ms McCawley also asked if Ms Maxwell recalled a basket of sex toys in Epstein's Palm Beach apartment. In what appears to be strained dialogue, Ms Maxwell asked the lawyer to define what she meant by a sex toy before eventually saying: "I don't recollect anything that would formally be a dildo, anything like that." Asked how she would describe sex toys, Ms Maxwell said: "I wouldn't describe sex toys." Among other questions about Ms Maxwell's exposure to Epstein's sexual demands, Ms McCawley asked about his nipples. "Does Jeffrey like to have his nipples pinched during sexual encounters?" Ms McCawley asked. "I'm not talking about any adult sexual things when I was with him," was Ms Maxwell's response. Throughout the entire deposition, Ms Maxwell is careful to avoid commenting on girls under the age of 18. All her answers pertain to "adults". "I'm not interested in talking about under age," she said. "I can only testify to what I know, professional masseuses, adult, I cannot testify to anything else." Maxwell asked key question 28 times At page 168, lawyer Ms McCawley asks Ms Maxwell to look at the evidence, including a police report that is in front of her, and says: "do you believe that Jeffrey Epstein abused any minor children?" Ms Maxwell refers to the police report and says: "You gave it to me, I did not look at it." Ms McCawley persists and asks Ms Maxwell, in different forms, a further 27 times if she believed Epstein sexually abused minors. Among Ms Maxwell's responses were lines about how she believed Ms Giuffre was a liar and that she was not aware why Epstein had gone to jail in 2008. Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and groom underage girls as young as 14 to engage in illegal sexual acts in the mid-1990s.(Reuters: Jane Rosenberg) Epstein was originally convicted of securing and procuring an underage girl for prostitution in a plea deal that has been widely criticised. Ms McCawley asked: "Do you know that he spent time in jail related to an issue with a minor child?" "I did not know that," Ms Maxwell said. Among Ms Maxwell's alleged crimes is perjury. Prosecutors will argue she lied when she gave the deposition released today when she denied knowing of Epstein's alleged crimes. That defamation lawsuit was brought by Ms Giuffre who said Ms Maxwell defamed her when she publicly called her a liar for making allegations of sexual abuse and trafficking. Ms Maxwell has long fought to have that evidence suppressed, arguing she would not get a fair trial if details were made public. But this week the second US court of appeals in Manhattan upheld an earlier judgement ordering the deposition be released.
Banksy's Show Me The Monet sells for $13.9 million at Sotheby's auction - ABC News
One of the "strongest and most iconic" Banksy works to appear at auction — a take on Claude Monet's famous water lilies with shopping trolleys and an orange traffic cone in the pond — sells for $4 million more than expected.
Banksy's take on a famous impressionist painting has sold at auction for 7.6 million pounds ($13.9 million), the second-highest price ever paid for a work by the British street artist.
- Show Me the Monet sold to an unidentified bidder at the London auction
- The sale surpassed its upper pre-sale estimate of 5 million pounds ($9.2 million)
- In the 2005 work, Banksy added abandoned shopping carts and an orange traffic cone to Claude Monet's image of water lilies
Wall Street rises on stimulus hopes, Goldman Sachs fined $US3 billion over 1MDB corruption scandal - ABC News
Goldman Sachs will pay nearly $US3 billion over its role in the 1MDB corruption scandal in Malaysia and US stocks eke out a gain as discussion on new coronavirus relief drag on.
Wall Street investment bank Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $US2.9 billion ($4.1 billion) over its role in Malaysia's 1MDB corruption scandal while US stocks have increased despite little signs of progress in stimulus negotiations. Key points:
- US authorities say the settlement reflects the banks role in a "global scheme to loot billions of dollars"
- The Dow Jones was up 0.5 per cent to 28,364, while the S&P 500 rose 0.5 per cent to 3,453
- The Australian dollar remains steady at 71.2 US cents