Ouch! Greyhound hit by low flying duck during race in Australia

A greyhound has been taken out by a duck mid-race in Australia, blowing any chances it had of taking out the top prize.

The quackers moment happened during the Dinky Di Web Designs 400m Stake at Gawler, South Australia on Saturday, reported 9 NEWS. 

Greyhound Loceryl was the unfortunate recipient of the duck shaped missile, taking a tumble as the two animals collided in-front of shocked punter.

Happily, the dog picked itself up and managed to finish the race.

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Sydney’s Admiralty House on first day of Australia tour

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were welcomed to Sydney's Admiralty House by Australian Governor General Peter Cosgrove on Tuesday for the first official engagement of their Australian tour.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney today, and their visit coincides with the Invictus games, which start in the city on Sunday.

The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.

Representatives of the games were at Admiralty House, the Governor General's official residence, to meet the Royal couple.

Harry and Meghan are due to attend the games' opening and closing ceremonies.

After talking and posing for photographs the couple went inside where they first signed the visitor's book and were then presented with gifts by Peter Cosgrove and his wife Lynne Cosgrove.

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Among the gifts was a cuddly toy kangaroo, following the news that the couple are expecting their first child.

The Royal couple are on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

They have 76 engagements across 16 days in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are currently on a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. Source: Associated Press

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Ronnie O'Sullivan labels English Open snooker venue a 'hellhole' that smells of urine

Ronnie O'Sullivan has branded the venue for snooker's English Open a "hellhole" and claimed he could smell urine in the player interview area.

The five-time world champion says event organiser World Snooker is "cutting corners" because he feels the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley is not of a good enough standard for this week's tournament.

O'Sullivan was speaking after winning his opening match against Kurt Maflin 4-1 on Monday.

The 42-year-old said on the BBC: "It's such a bad venue, it demotivates you to want to play.

"This is about as bad as I've ever seen. It's a bit of a hellhole."

He added: "I don't know what this gaff is, but I've just done an interview and all I can smell is urine.

"It's just got no atmosphere in there. I'm practising and I've got wires all around the table. There's no security, you've got people running at you left, right and centre.

"It's not the fans' fault. They (World Snooker) obviously haven't got the budget to run it properly.

"I don't know where their budget is but they're cutting corners. I think they should invest in good venues. Players deserve better."

World Snooker claimed O'Sullivan's comments bore no resemblance to feedback from other players about the venue.

A statement from K2 Crawley added: "We are sorry and disappointed to hear that Ronnie has voiced some concerns over the venue, especially after feedback from everybody else has been so positive.

18th January 2018, Alexandra Palace, London, England; 2018 Dafabet Masters, quarter-finals; Ronnie O’Sullivan reacting disappointingly after missing a chance to pocket the black ball
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US embassy in Canberra accidently sends fake meeting invite featuring PJ-wearing cat

The United States' embassy in Canberra has apologised for a "training error" after distributing a fake meeting invitation, complete with a photo of a pyjama- wearing cat.

The email, titled "meeting", featured a photo of a tabby cat wearing a blue Cookie Monster outfit and holding a plate of choc-chip biscuits, beneath the title "cat pajama-jam".

In a clear case of misdirected correspondence last week, the email also contained a section of Latin and recipients were given the option to hit an RSVP tab.

It's unknown how widely the email, sent by the US Department of State, was distributed.

US Mission to Australia public affairs counsellor Gavin Sundwall kept his apology lighthearted.

"Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this 'cat pajama- jam' party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise," he wrote in a follow-up email two days after the original.

"It was a training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform."
Mr Sundwall said "strong new management controls" would be added to prevent a repeat of the mistake.

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US embassy in Canberra's cat invite


Pauline Hanson unsuccessful in moving motion in Australia's parliament saying 'it's OK to be white'

Australian politician Pauline Hanson has declared "anti-white" racism is on the rise, unsuccessfully moving a motion in federal parliament saying "it's OK to be white".

The One Nation leader said anyone who watched the news or social media could see increased attacks on western civilisation and the prevalence of anti-white racism.

"It is indeed OK to be white. Such a simple sentence should go without saying but I suspect many members in this place would struggle to say it," she told parliament.

"People have a right to be proud of their cultural background whether they are black, white or brindle."

The motion was defeated 31-28 despite the support of government senators.

Crossbench senator Derryn Hinch savaged Senator Hanson, saying she was locked in a race to the bottom of the sewer with Katter's Australian Party member Fraser Anning.

"It could have been written on a piece of toilet paper," Senator Hinch said of the motion.

"This sort of racism is not only wrong, it could be dangerous."

Greens leader Richard Di Natale also had a crack at former One Nation senator Anning and Senator Hanson.

"The reality is this 'it's OK to be white' slogan has got a long history in the white supremacist movement where both these clowns get most of their material from," Senator Di Natale said.

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