Brekky Wrap: Melbourne Man Pulls Metre-Long Red Bellied Black Snake From Sock Drawer
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A Melbourne man got more than he bargained for when he reached into his sock drawer only to grab hold of a 1.2-metre long red-bellied black snake rather than his footy socks.
Langwarrin resident Craig Milward said he was chatting to his wife when he reached into the drawer and felt something move in his hand.
“I went to grab a pair of socks and I actually grabbed the snake instead," he explained.
“I stepped back quite quickly and as I looked at it you could see the tail crawl under the drawer.”
Milward and his wife Rachael immediately phoned the local snake catcher to remove the unwanted guest which Barry Goldsmith from Snake Catcher Victoria said was "easy to catch".
“It’s a first time for me to see a snake in a sock drawer. You would usually find them in underwear drawer but never in a sock drawer," he said.
Goldsmith explained snakes can often be found close to homes in the Langwarrin area because they are built near wetlands.
Residents of a rural town in southwest Queensland are looking at the bright side of an oncoming flood, according to a local pub manager.
A flood is forecast to hit Dirranbandi, about 600km southwest of Brisbane, on Friday, following a month of significant rainfall.
Last weekend downpours caused the Balonne River to swell, triggering flooding across its catchment.
The town of St George, north of Dirranbandi, is expected to reach its flood peak on Thursday, with the water flowing downstream and hitting Dirranbandi by the end of the week, a spokesman for the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Brendan Sweeting is the manager of The Dirran Pub, and said there has been a positive attitude around the town, which has been crippled by drought.
"They are all pretty upbeat here because it has been so dry for so long," Sweeting told AAP.
He added farmers were now talking about what they were going to plant, rather than wondering when rain will come.
The families of people with intellectual disability often feel confusion and despair when they try to navigate the medical system, a royal commission has been told.
Western Australian mum Jaqueline Mills said she has sometimes struggled to be a good advocate for her son during traumatic medical experiences, some in which he nearly died.
Mills told the disability royal commission about the difficulties for families who do not know how to navigate medical barriers, make well-informed decisions, who to trust or when to persist in getting help.
"Unfortunately my son has had a lot of engagement with the medical system, not because of his disability but because having a disability means simple things for other people like breaking bones or going to the dentist have become very complex, and sometimes life-threatening things," she said.
Mills said there were times when she went along with medical decisions that were not in the best interests of her son, who has Angelman syndrome, affecting the nervous system.
"I believe I'm probably speaking on behalf of a number of parents who have been through similar experiences."
US President Donald Trump says Harvey Weinstein's conviction for sexual assault is a "great victory" for women and will send a strong message.
Former Hollywood producer Weinstein faces 25 years behind bars after being found guilty of sexual assault and third-degree rape on Monday by a US court.
"From the standpoint of women I think it was a great thing," Trump said.
"It was a great victory and sends out a very, very strong message," he added when asked if the conviction was a milestone for the Me Too movement against sexual assault.
However, Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by several women in the years before he became president.
At least 13 people are dead after Delhi experienced its worst violence in decades.
Hundreds were also injured during clashes between protesters in Delhi, as riots overshadowed US President Donald Trump’s first visit to India.
The clashes, the worst in the capital since unrest over a new citizenship law began in December, started at the weekend but turned deadly on Monday.
Violence erupted again in multiple areas of northeast Delhi on Tuesday, just miles away from where Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for talks.
India’s capital has been a focus of unrest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which makes it easier for non-Muslims from three neighboring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship.
Australians could be pulled out of the Olympics games in Tokyo due to coronavirus fears.
Australian sport Minister Richard Colbeck has said he will not put our athletes' health or wellbeing at risk
"We continue to work with the relevant authorities both here and overseas to ensure our athletes remain safe and protected as the response to the Coronavirus continues," he told News Corp.
It is understood Colbeck and relevant sporting bodies will consider all options but won't make a decision until closer to the date.
Meanwhile, a senior member of the International Olympic Committee claims if it proves too dangerous to hold the Olympics in Tokyo this summer organisers are more likely to cancel it altogether than to postpone or move it.
Word is that London has been told to be prepared to host the Games.
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