Daily News Roundup

May 7, 2019


An elderly woman was knocked over when a female protester egged the Prime Minister at a Country Women’s Association event at Albury, on the NSW-Victorian border.

The woman walked up behind Scott Morrison and threw an egg at his head, which bounced off and didn’t smash.

Security tackled her to the floor, knocking over an elderly lady in the process.

Mr Morrison reached down to help the lady up, who said she had been winded.

“My concern about today’s incident in Albury was for the older lady who was knocked off her feet,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

“I helped her up and gave her a hug. Our farmers have to put up with these same idiots who are invading their farms and their homes.

“We will stand up to thuggery whether it’s these cowardly activists who have no respect for anyone, or militant unionists standing over small businesses and their employees on work sites.”


Prince Harry has described his newborn son as ” absolutely to-die-for”.

And speaking on camera at Windsor Castle’s Royal Mews as he revealed that his wife Meghan had given birth early on Monday morning he described being at the birth as the “most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined”.

“How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension but we’re both absolutely thrilled and so grateful to all the love and support from everybody out there,” he said.

The seventh in line to the throne baby boy – an eighth great-grandchild for the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh – arrived at 5.26am, weighing 7 pounds and 3 ounces.

Congratulations flooded in from around the world, with Prime Minister Theresa May wishing new parents the Duke and Duchess of Sussex “all the best at this happy time”.

Former US first lady Michelle Obama tweeted: “Congratulations, Meghan and Harry! Barack and I are so thrilled for both of you and can’t wait to meet him.”

The as-yet-unnamed baby boy, who was overdue, was believed to have been born in the sanctuary of Frogmore Cottage – the Sussexes’ home on the Windsor Estate.

But the Daily Mail reported that Meghan had her son at a London hospital.

When Harry appeared before the cameras he said: “I’m very excited to announce that Meghan and myself had a baby boy earlier this morning, a very healthy boy.

“Mother and baby are doing incredibly well. It’s been the most amazing experience I could ever have possibly imagined.

Harry was at his wife’s side during the birth and was clearly moved by the experience.

“It was amazing, absolutely incredible and, as I said, I’m so incredibly proud of my wife,” he said

“As every father and parent will ever say, you know, your baby is absolutely amazing, but this little thing is absolutely to-die-for, so I’m just over the moon.”

The Queen and Philip, grandfather the Prince of Wales, and the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are all said to be delighted with the news.

The palace statement also mentioned the siblings of Harry’s late mother Diana, Princess of Wales, who died in a car crash when he was 12.

Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is with the new family of three at Frogmore Cottage while Thomas Markle, the duchess’ estranged father, has offered his congratulations.

The duke and duchess’s Instagram account @SussexRoyal also announced the birth saying: “It’s a boy! Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are overjoyed to announce the birth of their child.”

The baby’s sex was a surprise for the delighted couple, who chose not to find out what they were having.

A formal notice of the baby’s arrival was placed on an ornate easel on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace.

Unless the Queen steps in at the last minute, the baby will not be an HRH or a prince due to rules limiting titles within the royal family which were introduced by King George V more than 100 years ago.

His title is expected to be Earl of Dumbarton – as the eldest son of a duke he is entitled to use one of Harry’s lesser titles as a courtesy title.


A stray Starbucks cup which made an unexpected cameo appearance in the latest episode of the hit medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones has sent fans into a frenzy

The distinctive paper cup with plastic cover was spotted on a table at a feast in Winterfell within reach of characters Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen during episode 4 of the final season, The Last of the Starks.

Bernie Caulfield, one of the executive producers of HBO’s global hit television series, apologised to fans.

“I can’t believe (it),” she said in an interview with New York’s WNYC radio on Monday. “Our onset prop people and decorators are so on it a 1000 per cent.”

“We’re sorry! Westeros was the first place to actually have Starbucks,” Caulfield quipped.

In a tongue-in-cheek comment, HBO said that “the latte that appeared in the episode was a mistake. Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea.”

Starbucks, the world’s biggest coffee chain, had its own take on the unexpected publicity in a series that is watched by more than 30 million people in the United States alone.

“TBH we’re surprised she didn’t order a Dragon Drink,” the company said on Twitter, referring to its summer menu addition of a bright pink fruit and coconut milk beverage that contains the tropical dragon fruit, also known as pitaya.

Fans lit up social media with memes and jokes about the stray cup, with some inserting the company’s green and white logo on photos of castles featured in the series.

Others were dismayed at the gaffe. “They took 2 years to shoot 6 episodes and left a Starbucks cup in a scene,” tweeted a user named Dylan.


Reports coming out of Russia quote the pilot of the airliner that burst into flames during an emergency landing in Moscow as saying a lightning strike knocked out radio communications.

The spectacular crash which showed the airliner’s rear bursting into flames as it landed on Sunday killed 41 of the 78 people aboard the Aeroflot plane.

The plane had taken off for Murmansk in stormy weather, but quickly turned back for an emergency landing. It made a hard landing and flames erupted.

Pilot Denis Evdokimov was quoted by Zvezda TV and the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper saying that “because of lightning, we had a loss of radio communication.”

State TV quoted flight attendant Tatiana Kasatnika as saying “We took off, got into a cloud, there was strong hail, and at that moment there was a pop and some kind of flash, like electricity”.

Both flight recorders have been recovered from the plane

Russian Investigative Committee spokeswoman Svetlana Petrenko was quoted by Russian news agencies on Monday as saying investigators are looking into three main possibilities behind the cause of the disaster – insufficient pilot qualifications, equipment failure, and weather.

Video on Russian TV showed the Aeroflot plane’s underside bursting into flames and spewing black smoke after making a hard landing at Sheremetyevo Airport on Sunday night.

Those who escaped leapt out of the Sukhoi SSJ100 airliner down inflatable emergency slides and ran across the tarmac.

Storms were passing through the Moscow area when the jet caught fire during the emergency landing.

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