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Gold Trip wins the race that stops the nation

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Jockey Mark Zahra wins the richest handicap horse race in the world in a thrilling ride on Gold Trip

GOLD TRIP, Jockey Mark Zahra took home the prestigious Melbourne Cup that ran at Flemington Racecourse this afternoon.

The 2022 Melbourne Cup is worth a total of $8 million, the winner taking home $4.4m of that pool, as well as the coveted Cup itself which is said to be worth an extra $250,000 in gold.

The miniature trophies presented to the jockey and the trainer are worth $10,000 each, while the strapper also gets a trophy which is worth $5000.

 You get over a million bucks just for coming second, at $1.1m. And even the 12th horse earns $160,000, as do sixth to eleventh.

Cup was on the line after ‘oily sludge’

It follows an activist pouring 1000 litres of ‘oily sludge’ on Flemington before 2022 Melbourne Cup.

The Victorian branch of the global activism group Extinction Rebellion posted the footage earlier today.

Police confirmed detectives were investigating the incident.

Twenty-two horses took part in the race, which spans 3.2 kilometres at the iconic racetrack in Melbourne.

Revellers frocked up for a wet day, with thunderstorms and hail expected into the early evening.

However, it didn’t stop people from showing off their brightest colours as they take to the field as part of the iconic fashion parade.

Thousands flocked to the race track for the first time in two years after prolonged Covid-19 lockdowns.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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