Daily Archives: December 29, 2015

Giant squid guided back to sea by diver after swimming into Japanese harbour


Video has emerged of a giant squid swimming near a pier in central Japan.

The 3.7-metre-long squid was spotted by onlookers at Toyama Bay as it swam under fishing boats for several hours before it was ushered back to open water.

Local dive shop owner Akinobu Kimura told CNN he joined the squid in the water and led it back out to the sea.

“My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and [went] close to it,” he said.

“This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me.”

He said he guided the squid towards the ocean where it disappeared into the deep sea.

The giant squid is thought to grow to up to 13 metres in length and typically inhabits deep waters.


All 0-0 between Manchester Utd and Chelsea


Manchester United ended a run of four straight defeats in all competitions as they drew 0-0 with Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League on Monday.

United manager Louis van Gaal had urged his team to be brave for the visit of the champions and they began firmly on the front foot, with both Juan Mata and Anthony Martial striking the woodwork in the first half.

David de Gea made fine saves from John Terry and Pedro but the home side were in control for the majority of the opening hour against a Chelsea team lacking any real punch in attack without the suspended Diego Costa or the injured Loic Remy.

The contest was more balanced in the second half, with Nemanja Matic wasting a glorious chance for Chelsea shortly after Ander Herrera almost broke the deadlock.

United continued to push for a winner and Wayne Rooney volleyed their best chance over with four minutes to go.

Mata was inches away from giving United an ideal start against his old club as he rattled the crossbar in the third minute with a fierce half-volley from just inside the area.

De Gea reacted superbly to tip Terry’s header over the top from a Willian corner but the woodwork came to Chelsea’s rescue again when Martial cut in and hit the inside of the near post with a low drive.

United were comfortably in charge and Thibaut Courtois was called into action again in the 28th minute to tip the recalled Rooney’s drive from 25 yards over the crossbar, but it was De Gea who made the next key stop with a brilliant double-save to deny Pedro and then Cesar Azpilicueta on the follow-up just after half-time.

Martial continued to give Branislav Ivanovic a torrid time and another surging run saw him cross for Herrera in the six-yard box but Courtois reacted superbly to block his effort and claw the ball away from the line.

United were on top but Matic spurned a great chance on the counter-attack to give Chelsea the lead as he blazed over with only De Gea to beat after being played clean through by Pedro.

United threw on Memphis Depay to increase the pace in attack as they pushed to seal that first win since their visit to Watford on 21 November. And they could have snatched it late on, Rooney volleying over at the far post after a fine cross from substitute Cameron Borthwick-Jackson.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: “For me, it (his future) is not an interesting subject because I cannot have any influence on that, I can only work with my players and you can see they are fighting for me.

“Even after this result the fans were applauding so I cannot say I’m very much concerned. In this football world you never know, but I’m fully confident in the board and my players.

“Will I resign? On the contrary. When the players can give such a performance with a lot of pressure, there is not any reason to resign for me. Maybe the media wants me to but I shall not resign. It’s not a question of staying, it’s a question of fulfilling my contract.”

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink: “On the one hand, I am happy with a point because we had a difficult game, but on the other, we had two big chances to get three points. We were lacking some attacking players and had to adapt. In general, I’m happy.

“Hazard is very mobile and can go either way. His preference is the left and he’s doing very well in the centre. All our strikers are injured, so we have to adapt.”


Bob Hawke sings Waltzing Matilda in the Hunter Valley


“THE time has come,” Bob Hawke told his mesmerised Hunter Valley audience.

“I will sing the verses and you will sing the chorus.”

And with that the former Prime Minister – who once told each of the nation’s employers not to be “a bum” as workers celebrated the America’s Cup win, and set a record at Oxford by downing a yard of ale in 11 seconds – warbled a rendition of Waltzing Matilda.

The 86-year-old waved his cane and performed Banjo Paterson’s entire ballad for the ballroom audience at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic, in footage recorded at the event’s first year at Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. The former PM was given a long, standing ovation.

Earlier, Mr Hawke spoke of his pride at being patron of the charity tournament founded by former professional golfer Jack Newton.

“I love Jack Newton,” Mr Hawke said.

“When I think of an Australian, I think of Jack Newton. Courage unlimited. No bullshit. A thoroughly decent man who has dedicated his life which was saved in the most unusual of circumstances.”

The men have been friends since before Mr Hawke became Prime Minister in March 1983, and before the propeller accident that ended Mr Newton’s pro career and nearly his life.

Since its first tournament in 1979, the “The Jack” has raised more than $5 million towards diabetes charities and Jack Newton Junior Golf.

Highlights from this year’s Jack Newton Celebrity Classic will be shown on NBN at 11am, Sunday January 10.