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Australia’s largest state battles through political turmoil

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The deputy Premier of New South Wales, John Barilaro has resigned from his position

This of course all follows Premier Gladys Berejiklian stepping down last week amid the state’s anti-corruption body launching an investigation into her.

In a statement, Barilaro says “we must embrace this time as a new beginning for our State, and welcome the opportunity it presents for a refresh”

John Barilaro with Gladys Berejiklian

Continuing adding, “I have decided now is the right time for me to hand the reins over to new leadership, and resign as Deputy Premier of NSW

New South Wales will now have an entire news leadership team.. with current treasurer Dominic Perrottet being selected as the next Premier.

Meanwhile, Barilaro says the state’s emergence from lockdown is the perfect chance for a “refresh”.

Barlilaro fronts media and calls out Google

Barilaro fought back tears as he told reporters public life had “taken a toll”.

“It is tough on anybody in public life to continue in this role, especially under so much scrutiny, especially media scrutiny,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Ten and a half years is a long time in politics. Five years is a very long time as Deputy Premier, I’ve taken it seriously and given everything I possibly could have.”

Barilaro, who was born in Queanbeyan to Italian migrant parents, said his focus was to make regional NSW a better place to live and work.

However, he said comments online have “made it very difficult” for him during his time in office, due to the “disgusting, vile, racist commentary” and feels for people who are victimised on social media.

“That’s why I’m calling out google today,” he told reporters.

“It’s made it very very difficult for me. When you get online, the abuse you cop, started by disgusting, vile, racist commentary… hidden by journalism or comedy.”

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Fears of a coup as military force arrests Sudanese leaders

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Unidentified Sudanese military forces have reportedly arrested four cabinet ministers and one civilian

There are also reports that the military have surrounded the house of the country’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok, as the leader remains in house arrest.

It comes as the PM warns that Sudan is facing the “worst crisis” of its transition to civilian rule following the removal of its long-time ruler more than two years ago.

The remarks on Friday come as the country reels from deep divisions among the civilian and military political factions that have been leading its transition under an August 2019 power-sharing deal with the aim of leading the country towards free and fair elections.

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Michael Jordan’s sneakers sell for record $1.47m at auction

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A pair of basketball shoes worn by US basketball star Michael Jordan have sold for a record price at a Las Vegas auction

Jordan wore the pair of Nike Air Ships during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls in 1984.

The shoes were what founded the iconic partnership between Jordan and Nike – now a signature global brand.

The sale also marks the highest price ever paid for game-worn footwear of any sport, easily beating out the previous record of $615,000 paid for a pair of Nike Air Jordan’s in 2020.

The price still falls short of the most expensive sneakers ever sold.

Recent sales are just the beginning of rare shoe market that’s beginning to soar.

In April, rapper Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 1 Prototypes sold for $1.8 million at a private sale.

The record price for sneakers has broken several times in recent years, and the market is now considered much more niche than ever before, attractive interest from leading collectors as well as the general public.

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Ship spews toxic gas off Canada’s coast

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Sixteen people have been evacuated as fire rages onboard the Zim Kingston container ship off the coast of Canada

The vessel was en route to Vancouver when it caught fire on Saturday, and has since been expelling toxic gas which officials say is not a risk to people on land.

The coast guard reported the ship was carrying more than 52,000 kg of chemicals located in two of the ten containers that caught fire.

“The ship is on fire and expelling toxic gas,” the Canadian coast guard said. It added that 10 containers had been affected by the fire.

“Currently there is no safety risk to people on shore, however the situation will continue to be monitored,” it said.

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