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Trump skips virtual G20 side-session on ‘pandemic preparedness’ to play golf

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President Trump skipped a special side-conference about the COVID-19 pandemic at the virtual G20 summit to play golf in Washington D.C. amid his refusal to concede in the U.S. presidential election to Joe Biden.  

Speculations regarding the President’s attendance at the international event flew all week, but Trump on Saturday appeared via video-conference to the 15th annual G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia

However, Trump was spotted hitting the green at the Trump National Golf Club Washington D.C. in Sterling, Virginia, some 30 miles from the White House soon after.

It’s the 298th golf trip Trump has made during his four years of the presidency. 

According to CNN, Trump had arrived for the conference at 8am before skipping the ‘side event on Pandemic Preparedness’ and leaving the White House by 10am as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke.

President Trump (right) played rounds of golf on Saturday after virtually attending the first day of the G20 summit, which is hosted by Saudi Arabia this year

President Trump (right) played rounds of golf on Saturday after virtually attending the first day of the G20 summit, which is hosted by Saudi Arabia this year

President Trump (right) played rounds of golf on Saturday after virtually attending the first day of the G20 summit, which is hosted by Saudi Arabia this year 

The latest G20 summit, scheduled for November 21 and 22, will likely be his last after the 2020 Presidential election was called in Joe Biden's favor - but Trump has not yet conceded

The latest G20 summit, scheduled for November 21 and 22, will likely be his last after the 2020 Presidential election was called in Joe Biden's favor - but Trump has not yet conceded

The latest G20 summit, scheduled for November 21 and 22, will likely be his last after the 2020 Presidential election was called in Joe Biden’s favor – but Trump has not yet conceded 

President Trump (right) played golf for the 298th time since becoming president at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on Sunday following the first day of the G20 summit

President Trump (right) played golf for the 298th time since becoming president at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on Sunday following the first day of the G20 summit

President Trump (right) played golf for the 298th time since becoming president at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia, on Sunday following the first day of the G20 summit

Pictured: President Trump wored a red fleece jacket and a 'Make America Great Again' baseball cap while golfing with a friend in Sterling, Virginia

Pictured: President Trump wored a red fleece jacket and a 'Make America Great Again' baseball cap while golfing with a friend in Sterling, Virginia

Pictured: President Trump wored a red fleece jacket and a ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball cap while golfing with a friend in Sterling, Virginia

Photos showed Trump donning a red fleece jacket and a ‘Make America Great Again’ baseball cap, despite the 2020 election being called for President-elect Joe Biden.

Two weeks ago, the Associated Press and several networks called the contentious election race in Biden’s favor four days after ballots were cast.

The Trump campaign has since launched voter fraud allegations and accused Biden of essentially stealing the election. 

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime defender, held a press conference on Thursday to decry ‘massive fraud.’ No evidence has been revealed.

But Trump has maintained that he’s the election’s actual victor and has yet to concede, muddying up the waters on Capitol Hill as the possibility of a smooth transition dissipates.

If Trump’s plan to overturn the election fails, this latest G20 summit will be the last of his administration.    

Trump (right) has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 Election suffered from several instances of voter fraud and contends that Joe Biden may not be the actual winner

Trump (right) has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 Election suffered from several instances of voter fraud and contends that Joe Biden may not be the actual winner

Trump (right) has repeatedly claimed that the 2020 Election suffered from several instances of voter fraud and contends that Joe Biden may not be the actual winner

Pictured; President Trump (bottom left) was virtually seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin during Saturday morning's G20 summit, which could be his last

Pictured; President Trump (bottom left) was virtually seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin during Saturday morning's G20 summit, which could be his last

Pictured; President Trump (bottom left) was virtually seated next to Russian President Vladimir Putin during Saturday morning’s G20 summit, which could be his last 

Pictured: European Council President Charles Michparticipates in a virtual G20 meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia, at the European Council building in Brussels,

Pictured: European Council President Charles Michparticipates in a virtual G20 meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia, at the European Council building in Brussels,

Pictured: European Council President Charles Michel (bottom screen) participates in a virtual G20 meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia, at the European Council building in Brussels,

The G20, or Group of 20, summit refers to the annual meeting of world leaders to discuss international economic cooperation.  

Throughout Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz,’s opening remarks, Trump kept his head down and appeared to be looking at something off screen. 

Just 13 minutes after the session began, Trump turned his attention to Twitter where he continued to decry voter fraud.

‘We will show massive and unprecedented voter fraud, Trump wrote, sharing a statement from GOP Michigan Sen. Mike Shirkey. 

Trump later wrote; ‘Big voter fraud information coming out of Georgia! Stay tuned!’      

Biden was named Georgia’s winner after a hand recount was done this week and officials dismissed his voter fraud claims. 

President Trump posted on Twitter to assert allegations of election voter fraud on Saturday morning during the G20 summit

President Trump posted on Twitter to assert allegations of election voter fraud on Saturday morning during the G20 summit

President Trump posted on Twitter to assert allegations of election voter fraud on Saturday morning during the G20 summit 

President Trump: 'Big voter fraud information coming out of Georgia! Stay tuned!'

President Trump: 'Big voter fraud information coming out of Georgia! Stay tuned!'

President Trump: ‘Big voter fraud information coming out of Georgia! Stay tuned!’

Media persons gathered at the International Media Centre in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on November 21, 2020 watch on a projected screen as Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz gives an address opening the G20 summit, held virtually due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

Media persons gathered at the International Media Centre in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on November 21, 2020 watch on a projected screen as Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz gives an address opening the G20 summit, held virtually due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

Media persons gathered at the International Media Centre in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on November 21, 2020 watch on a projected screen as Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz gives an address opening the G20 summit, held virtually due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic

Trump shared opening remarks that addressed the US’s coronavirus response and economy recovery. Much of the remarks stressed Trump’s ‘America first’ ideology and advocated that Americans should receive the coveted virus vaccine first. 

Although Trump left Saturday’s summit, the Pandemic Preparedness side-event saw remarks from South Korean President Moon Jae-in, French President Emmanuel Macron and several others.

Trump had previously knocked heads with other world leaders during similar summits, with differences on climate trade and international trade. 

In 2018, Trump left the G7 summit in Canada early and rescinded his signature on the conference’s final communique.

He reportedly asked aides before the 2019 G7 summit in Biarritz, France, if it was necessary to attend. 

The Trump administration was tapped to host the G7 summit this year, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed it to the wayside. 

Trump offered to host the event after the election, but CNN reports there’s currently no plans for the meeting before G7 presidency shifts to the UK in January.

He is expected to attend another G20 summit meeting on Sunday morning, CNN reports. 

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Inside the Gold Coast’s best new rooftop beach club with four pools and countless bars

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The plans for a $5million Vegas-styled rooftop beach club in the Gold Coast have been unveiled – with thousands set to flock to the stunning bar from as early as next year.

The Cali Beach Club will look over Australia’s iconic Surfers Paradise beach while welcoming up to 2,000 guests at any given time.

The club will boast four beach-edged pools, an outdoor cinema and exclusive VIP cabanas when construction is finished.

Reached only by a glass elevator, the beach bar will sit four storeys above street level and offer panoramic views of the famous Surfers Paradise skyline.

Plans have been unveiled for the Gold Coast's Cali Beach Club, which is set to open its doors early next year

Plans have been unveiled for the Gold Coast's Cali Beach Club, which is set to open its doors early next year

Plans have been unveiled for the Gold Coast’s Cali Beach Club, which is set to open its doors early next year

The 5000sqm club boasts three beach-edged swimming pools along with countless sun lounges

The 5000sqm club boasts three beach-edged swimming pools along with countless sun lounges

The 5000sqm club boasts three beach-edged swimming pools along with countless sun lounges

A sand-covered volleyball court, world class restaurants, countless sun lounges, multiple bars and even sports facilities are just some of the attractions on offer.

Expected to open its doors early next year, the club, which is owned by hospitality group, Artesian Hospitality, will sit on the corner of Surfers Paradise Blvd and Elkhorn Avenue.

Artersian’s Managing Partner, Matthew Keegan, said the new addition to the popular tourist spot would drastically change the city’s nightlife.

‘Cali Beach Club marks the start of something special for entertainment offerings of its kind in Queensland, and Australia in general,’ he said.

‘Cali Beach Club is a complete testament to our commitment to bring unique venues to life that will ensure our customers’ expectations are not just met but exceeded.

‘Our aim is to deliver a luxury hospitality experience that will surpass anything currently available in Australia and I am totally confident in announcing today that we will achieve that aim.’ 

The club's construction is set to create up to 300 new jobs on the Gold Coast

The club's construction is set to create up to 300 new jobs on the Gold Coast

The club’s construction is set to create up to 300 new jobs on the Gold Coast

A sand-covered volleyball court, world-class restaurants, countless sun lounges, multiple bars and even sports facilities are just some of the attractions on offer

A sand-covered volleyball court, world-class restaurants, countless sun lounges, multiple bars and even sports facilities are just some of the attractions on offer

A sand-covered volleyball court, world-class restaurants, countless sun lounges, multiple bars and even sports facilities are just some of the attractions on offer

The $5million club can hold up to 2,000 visitors at any one time and will be open well into the night

The $5million club can hold up to 2,000 visitors at any one time and will be open well into the night

The $5million club can hold up to 2,000 visitors at any one time and will be open well into the night

The plans were revealed on Wednesday with the construction set to offer up to 150 jobs with another 160 on offer after the club is finished. 

Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said he was looking forward to making a visit himself to the rooftop club. 

‘This is exactly what Surfers Paradise, and our city needs!’ he said.

‘I applaud the team behind this development as it will be a beacon for locals and visitors.’

No official date has been set for when Cali Beach Club will open but owners say it will be ready at the start of 2021. 

Cali Beach Club even boasts a huge outdoor cinema where revellers can relax and unwind while looking over the ocean

Cali Beach Club even boasts a huge outdoor cinema where revellers can relax and unwind while looking over the ocean

Cali Beach Club even boasts a huge outdoor cinema where revellers can relax and unwind while looking over the ocean

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Woodville Pizza Bar worker who ‘sent South Australia into coronavirus lockdown’ won’t be charged

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No criminal charges will be laid against the coronavirus-infected pizza bar worker accused of sending South Australia into a ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown

The Spanish worker, 36, from the Woodville Pizza Bar, north of Adelaide‘s CBD, was accused of lying to contact tracers about not working at the restaurant. 

South Australians were confined to their homes for a strict six-day lockdown on November 18 after officials believed a super strain of coronavirus had spread.

But SA police on Wednesday confirmed the 36-year-old worker would not be charged over the lies he told after testing positive to the virus.  

No criminal charges will be laid against the Woodville Pizza Bar (pictured above) employee who lied about working at the restaurant and sparked Adelaide's frenzied lockdown

No criminal charges will be laid against the Woodville Pizza Bar (pictured above) employee who lied about working at the restaurant and sparked Adelaide's frenzied lockdown

No criminal charges will be laid against the Woodville Pizza Bar (pictured above) employee who lied about working at the restaurant and sparked Adelaide’s frenzied lockdown 

The 36-year-old Spanish man didn't tell contact tracers he worked at the restaurant and caused fears a new virus super strain was spreading (Covid-19 marshals pictured in Adelaide)

The 36-year-old Spanish man didn't tell contact tracers he worked at the restaurant and caused fears a new virus super strain was spreading (Covid-19 marshals pictured in Adelaide)

The 36-year-old Spanish man didn’t tell contact tracers he worked at the restaurant and caused fears a new virus super strain was spreading (Covid-19 marshals pictured in Adelaide)  

The 36-year-old was put under investigation after falsely claiming he didn’t work at the takeaway, where another employee had become infected. 

This prompted officials to believe he caught Covid off a pizza box and a super strain of the virus had been unleashed.

South Australian health authorities later determined he was an employee at the Woodville Pizza Bar and had caught the virus from his colleague. 

The strict lockdown was lifted at midnight on November 21 and the Operation Protect taskforce was formed to investigate the bungle. 

SA Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Harvey said the investigation identified the 36-year-old’s ‘first conversation with contact tracers was misleading’. 

‘That conversation was central to information provided by SA Health to decision makers preceding the lockdown,’ Commissioner Harvey explained. 

‘The criminal investigation also indicated the male person changed his initial version regarding simple contact with a pizza box, to confirm he had in fact worked at the Woodville Pizza Bar.’ 

Adelaide (pictured above) was sent into a panicked six-day lockdown that was cut short after officials realised the employee caught the virus off his co-worker and not a pizza box

Adelaide (pictured above) was sent into a panicked six-day lockdown that was cut short after officials realised the employee caught the virus off his co-worker and not a pizza box

Adelaide (pictured above) was sent into a panicked six-day lockdown that was cut short after officials realised the employee caught the virus off his co-worker and not a pizza box 

But Commissioner Harvey said the initial conversation could not be substantiated and meant there was not enough evidence to prove an offence.     

‘The suite of available evidence, which investigators do have, has been provided to the Department of Public Prosecution and senior SAPOL prosecution members. 

‘The advice provided back to investigators is that based on limited evidence available for presentation to a court, the matter would not likely succeed or progress.

‘Based on that advice no criminal charge will be laid by the task force investigators against the male suspect at the centre of the investigation,’ he explained. 

SA Premier Steven Marshall has previously voiced his outrage at the 36-year-old’s lie.

‘Their story didn’t add up. We pursued them. We now know that they lied,’ Mr Marshall said on November 20.

‘The selfish actions of this individual have put our whole state in a very difficult situation.

‘To say that I am fuming about the actions of this individual is an absolute understatement.’

SA Police said no charges would be laid against the 36-year-old man as there was not enough evidence to prove an offence (Contact tracing pictured in Adelaide on November 19)

SA Police said no charges would be laid against the 36-year-old man as there was not enough evidence to prove an offence (Contact tracing pictured in Adelaide on November 19)

SA Police said no charges would be laid against the 36-year-old man as there was not enough evidence to prove an offence (Contact tracing pictured in Adelaide on November 19) 

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Australian woman finds a centipede in her shoe after remembering to check it before putting it on

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An Australia woman had a lucky escape from a painful bite from a centipede when she spotted it in her shoe as she was about to put it on.

Remembering her morning ritual of checking her footwear for bugs before putting them on, she spied the creepy crawly just in time.

The woman’s husband posted a photo to social media of her blue Vans at their Adelaide home on Wednesday.

Inside, a brown centipede with orange legs sat inside of the woman’s shoe.

An Australian woman has found a centipede in her shoe during her morning ritual of checking her footwear for bugs before putting them on

An Australian woman has found a centipede in her shoe during her morning ritual of checking her footwear for bugs before putting them on

An Australian woman has found a centipede in her shoe during her morning ritual of checking her footwear for bugs before putting them on

The insect’s front legs, which they use to catch food and secrete venom, appear ready to strike.

The woman’s husband said the shoe check saved his wife ‘a bit of pain’ if she had put it on.

The relieved husband said the shoes were not left outside and the insect must sneaked inside their home under the door.

Social media users commiserated with the woman and her husband.

‘F**k I hate centipedes. I’ll cop spiders, snakes, wasps and loads of other critters we have – but keep these creepy f**ks away from me,’ one person said.

Another said: ‘Yeah they’re just the worst, “oh I need like 30 legs because eight just doesn’t cut it”.’

One person said: ‘My husband has told me of the morning ritual of the “checking of the shoe.” Now, I see it.’

Another person said the entire pair of shoes needed to be thrown out.  

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