In the news this week
Barack Obama defeated republican Mitt Romney in the US presidential election. Being America’s first African-American President, Obama has made history with his re-election “by transcending a dragging economy and the stifling unemployment which haunted his first term” according to news.com.au. The President won over 300 of the required 270 electoral votes he needed to win. Republicans still hold majority in the House of Representatives.
On Tuesday, jockey Brett Prebble rode Green Moon to victory in the 152nd Melbourne Cup. Fiorente took second followed by Jakkalberry in third. The win saw the defeat of heavily-backed favorite Dunaden who, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, found trouble early in the race. Green Moon’s owner Lloyd Williams has now won four Melbourne Cups.
The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have toured Australia this week. Since touching down in Longreach, Queensland on Monday, the royals have been very busy. So far they’ve attended the inauguration of a new aircraft for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and presented the Diamond Jubilee Plate to the winner of the Melbourne Cup. The six-day tour will end on November 10 with Charles and Camilla laying a wreath at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Touring agenda sourced from www.ninemsn.com.au.
Four Aussies became instant multimillionaires after the results of Tuesday’s Oz Lotto draw. The total prize money amounted to just under $112 million – each winner took home $27.9 million. According to news.com.au it was the biggest lottery in Australia’s history. The record lottery caused websites to crash as the country logged on to check their numbers. Another 64 Aussies held winning tickets for the Division Two prize. – Alison ThompsonTop Photo from SilverStack‘s photostream Right Photo from Barack Obama’s Facebook page