Melissa McCarthy’s outtakes just as funny as SNL sketches

We now know why Melissa McCarthy is such a hit on Saturday Night Live.

SNL has released a blooper reel from the comedian’s recent visit to downtown New York, proving she is hilarious regardless of whether or not she’s inside the NBC studios.

The video, which brings together several outtakes, shows McCarthy dressed as White House spokesman Sean Spicer. She motors through the streets of New York, dodging traffic on her motorised podium.

“C’mon!” she shouts, waving her hand and yelling at several bystanders to get out of her way. “Trump! Where are you? I know this is where you really live!”

The outtakes are spliced together from a recent SNL skit. In it, McCarthy’s character hit the streets of New York in an attempt to find Donald Trump and confront him about rumours he’s planning on giving the job of press secretary to a Fox News journalist.

At one point, McCarthy breaks character to acknowledge the large crowds that have gathered to watch her and take photos. Some even shout from the footpath in the hope of catching her attention.

“The good thing is nobody knows we’re shooting,” she joked. “I mean, this has definitely stayed under cover.”

Spicey’s attempts to find Trump are unsuccessful. However, McCarthy – never failing to take Spicer’s infamous glare off her face – remains determined.

“I just need a couple minutes in a bush to get it together,” she said.

Audiences have been lapping up McCarthy’s Spicer impression ever since she debuted it back in February.

Since then, SNL has enjoyed a healthy ratings boost (kickstarted by Alec Baldwin’s Trump impression last year).

The show’s most recent episode, for example, featured a kiss between McCarthy and Baldwin and was the program’s most-watched May telecast in the past seven years.

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Trump’s Russia conversation ‘within expectations’

Foreign minister Julie Bishop speaking at the opening of the Kimberley Process in Perth on Monday May 1, 2017.?? Photo: SuppliedPresident Donald Trump’s now-famous White House conversation with Russian officials was within the norms of an international leader’s meeting, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Friday, as she defended the under-siege US administration.

Speaking outside the United Nations headquarters in New York, Ms Bishop said Australia had a “very high level of confidence” in its strategic alliance with the US after President Trump revealed sensitive information, sourced from an intelligence-sharing ally, to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

“Australia is a significant intelligence partner of the United States and we have a very close working relationship with them, and the conversations that the President has had are, to our understanding, within the type of conversations that one would expect leaders to hold,” Ms Bishop said.

“I believe that the US administration is governing appropriately for the people of this country. Our interest, of course, lies in ensuring that the United States remains a strong and powerful nation.”

Mr Trump defended his actions as his “absolute right” but has come under attack from figures across the political spectrum, with senior Republican congressman John McCain calling the reports “deeply disturbing” and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin accusing the President of being “dangerous” and “reckless”.

The US and Australia are members of the high-level “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing network, which also includes Britain, Canada and New Zealand. The intelligence Mr Trump disclosed to the Russians reportedly came from the Israeli government.

As the US continues to grapple with the ramifications of suspected Russian interference in last year’s election – and allegations of inappropriate collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign – Ms Bishop met with American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and other administration officials.

She also spoke with Henry Kissinger, former president Richard Nixon’s secretary of state and a confidant to President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Thursday, Mr Trump described himself as the victim of a “witch hunt” after the Department of Justice appointed a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian figures in the lead up to his November defeat of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Former US national security adviser Michael Flynn and other advisers to Mr Trump’s campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the presidential race, current and former US officials familiar with the exchanges have told Reuters.

Ms Bishop is in New York to push Australia’s case for a coveted seat on the UN’s Human Rights Council.

She rejected any suggestion that Australia’s strict and well-known asylum seeker policy was having a “negative” effect on the campaign.

“It has been raised in the context of what Australia is doing to protect its borders and stem the flow of people smuggling, human trafficking. It is raised in that context. But certainly not in the context for our bid for a seat on the Human Rights Council.”

The Foreign Minister said “Australia is seen as a principled and pragmatic advocate for human rights”.

Ms Bishop also defended her criticisms of the former Rudd government’s campaign for a seat on the UN Security Council, accusing the former prime minister of using foreign aid money to buy votes.

“I wasn’t critical of the principle of seeking to play our role at the United Nations. I was critical of the way he went about it,” she said.

“And the use of our aid budget to buy votes was not a practice that I supported nor do I support it now.”

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Football’s lost years in Tasmania

Chris Fagan, Rodney Eade and Brendon BoltonThe magnitude of what the AFL lost when it turned its back on Tasmania some two decades ago was not lost on anyone among the 500 who attended Wednesday night’s celebration of Tasmanian Football.

In fact anyone lucky enough to move from Lou Richards’ state funeral earlier in the day to the unique Tasmanian football function at the other end of town ended their day emotionally drenched not so much with sadness but melancholy – nostalgia for a football time that somehow disappeared from within our grasp when we weren’t concentrating.

Chris Fagan, the Queenstown boy who became a hall of famer in his home state and now Brisbane Lions coach, captured the so-called “elephant in the room” when he declared there was a “higher purpose” facing head office. That higher purpose said Fagan was not about marketing or economics.

“I’m talking about heritage and culture and legacy,” said Fagan, a panellist at the function alongside fellow Tasmanians Rodney Eade and Brendon Bolton. “The AFL won’t be truly complete until there is a Tasmanian team. They [the AFL] would do a magnificent thing if they were to have a Tasmanian team.” Peter Hudson presented the narrative, Alastair Lynch the interviews which featured Nick Riewoldt and his equally passionate Tasmanian cousin Jack, a keynote speech by Matthew Richardson, who lovingly described a football pathway journeying along north-west Tasmania that he fears is no longer available to children from his home state.

Jackson Thurlow of the Cats. Picture: Getty Images

Geelong’s Jackson Thurlow represented the increasingly rare example of a young Tasmanian footballer in the AFL, while the Robert Shaw-coached state team including Scott Clayton, Graham Wright, Simon Atkins and the Gale brothers thatdefeated Victoria took the stage.

Triple Brownlow medallist Ian Stewart, a rare public performer moved to speech by what he witnessed, declared his ongoing embarrassment whenever he is compared to the “greatest footballer I’ve seen” Darrel Baldock –whose grandchildren attended the function. Of the three living Tasmanian Australian Football Hall of Fame legends only Royce Hart failed to show.

But none of the above compared with the montage of ovals across the state from Penguin to Sandy Bay, football ovals by rivers and along the coast and nestling into historic building and featuring empty club rooms –ovals where, according to the Tasmanian Football Foundation’s James Henderson, football is no longer played.

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan

If ever the message was to resonate it was on Wednesdaynight. AFL chief Gillon McLachlan, two other league commissioners, Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman and four other AFL executives along with the presidents of Hawthorn and North Melbourne all attended.

McLachlan restated his supportfor a single Tasmanian team, a view he has to date failed to act upon. The sight of all those historic grounds lying empty when the Sydney and GWS reserves struggle to find grounds to play on could not have been lost on the game’s decision-makers. Still this was not a night of recriminations or finger-pointing; more celebration and hope.

“My view has been a single united Tasmanian team and I’ve been very public about that,” said McLachlan, urging Tasmanians not to give up on their dream of a stand-alone team before entering the Crown function.

“…The biggest challenge to a single model is the two incumbents with long-term deals and we respect those. There is no easy solution other than just working towards a prosperous football state and working with all the stakeholders.” The problem being that those AFL club stakeholders being Hawthorn and North Melbourne –particularly Hawthorn who first went to Tasmania 16 years ago –have proved significantly more interested in taking money out of the state than putting football in.

How else do you explain the fact that no Tasmanian player wasdrafted last year? The beautiful but stark and empty ovals –some no longer in existence? The fact that the Hawks did not even bother to apply for a women’s licence the first time around or engage with the state in a united push?

McLachlan’s task in part involves negotiating the Hawks out of Tasmania –which will come at a price –unless that club is prepared to play football across the state. Or convince the Kangaroos with their new multicultural Tasmanian academy to do the same.

Again, where North is concerned, it’s all largely about the money.

Should the new deal at Etihad Stadium prove as generous as the Docklands home clubs had hoped, there is no chance the Kangaroos will play more than three home games in Tasmania. Should they prove successful in enlisting the help of that state in gaining a women’s licence, the state government should insist upon naming the club the Tasmanian Kangaroos.

More preferable altogether would be a stand-alone Tasmanian women’s team. And, as impossible as it seems now, an AFL men’s team. The irony was that two of the three Tasmanian-bred coaches who appeared on stage in Eade and Fagan coach the AFL’s two biggest problem children.

Andrew Demetriou

And as Andrew Demetriousaid recently, if the Gold Coast will only ever be a modest football club why not consider Tasmania and the potential membership of tens of thousands of expats as a fall-back position should the AFL’s clout and that of the Suns’ new CEO Mark Evans fail to ignite the competition’s 17th club?

Still, as one elder statesman of the Tasmanian cause pointed out last night, the baton has been handed over. Perhaps the passion shared by a group including the Riewoldts, Richo and the significant clout of the Tasmanian Football Foundation, combined with McLachlan’s stated philosophy, will finally shift the game’s thinking.

And the view that the game cannot grow without a game each week in southern Queensland might not prove the deal breaker it was a decade ago. That perhaps ploughing millions of dollars into a small and financially struggling state bursting with football heritage and passion and creating its own AFL side could actually succeed.

Certainly the prospect of a Tasmanian team in the AFL does not seem as unthinkable as a national women’s league televised in prime time and actually winning its time slot did even five years ago.

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Why you might be seeing more mice in your home this winter

MOUSE activity is on the rise, with farmers reporting higher numbers of the rodents and pest controllersexperiencing an increase in rodent-related calls.

CSIRO research officer Steve Henry said an “exceptional” cropping season and a good spring last yearhad seen mice begin to breed early, and continue breeding throughout summer and autumn.

The high yields of the cropshad left plenty of stubble too, providing shelter for the rodents.

The CSIRO’s latest mouse monitoring report from March said mouse abundance was increasing across the state.

Mr Henry said mouse numbers had been higher than expected, but were “patchy”, with numbers high in some areas and low in others.

The Wimmera and Mallee regions are the most affected, but reports of mouse activity have been made in central Victoria.

Mr Henry said farmers were being advised that they might findmicein paddocks at a number that would cause economic damage: 200 mice or more per hectare

He advised farmers to check paddocks on foot for mouse activityand if they thought they had a problem, they probably did.

Farmers can check for mouse activity reports and make their own at theMouse Alert website.

John Pay, from Go Pest Bendigo, said rodent activityhad grown both in rural areas and within Bendigo itself.

To prevent mice setting up home in houses, Mr Pay advised people to clean up food scraps, look at where pets were fed because their food might attract pests, and be mindful of their environment in general.

He said those who found mice in their home could engage a pest controller or purchase their own bait, but warned these had to be used very carefully as they could prove fatal for pets if misused or used carelessly.

Mr Henry said the continued growth of mouse numbers would depend on the upcoming cropping season and the weather in winter, which would establish the base numbers from which mice would breed in spring.