Wednesday, December 2

Thunderstorms in Queensland Bring Flash Flood Warnings, Snow Fall in Tasmania and Fraser Island Fires

Emergency teams in Queensland's Fraser Island they have successfully moved the fire front within two kilometers of the Kingfisher Bay complex using aerial bombers, allowing personnel to stay there overnight.The Queensland government has now ordered a review of the response to the forest fire on the world heritage island, which has been burning for more than six weeks.The small town of Miena, in Tasmania's central highlands, experienced a thick layer of snow yesterday around the Great Lake region.Snow has fallen in Tasmania, turning parts of the state into a winter wonderland. (John Warden / Facebook)Snow is likely next week.In the rest of the country, a trough is generating storms in northeast New South Wales and southern Queensland.The unstable tropical air is causing stormy rain in...

Climate change damages more World Heritage sites

Climate change is increasingly damaging the UN's most treasured heritage sites, a leading conservation agency warned Wednesday, reporting that Great Barrier Reef of Australia and dozens of other natural wonders face serious threats.Climate change that has led to shrinking glaciers, increased fires, floods and droughts, and bleaching of coral reefs are among the problems faced by 83 of the 252 UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites , the cultural agency of the UN.Sixteen World Heritage sites have deteriorated since the last World Heritage Outlook was published three years ago, while only eight improved, said the International Union for Conservation of Nature, made up of governments and civil society groups, and advises UNESCO on natural hazards to these sites.In this file photo from De...

What UK Pfizer BioNTech approval means for Australia

It's the first government approval of a Western nation, and a promising sign that things may finally return to normal.The UK will first vaccinate high-risk patients, such as the elderly, before basically rolling it out as quickly as possible.Health Secretary Matt Hancock says the breakthrough means that by Easter "things are going to get better" - a staggering prediction that will raise hopes that normalcy will return around the world and hopefully accelerate the return from international travel.But what does the UK announcement mean for Australia?The others include University of Oxford / AstraZeneca, University of Queensland / CSL, Novavax, and COVAX Facility.In order for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be approved in Australia, it will have to pass our own rigorous testing through the ...

Victoria Police Officer Virtually Revived When Addressing Suicide

The wife and children of a police officer who died by suicide have given permission for his face to be used in a futuristic campaign that allows Melbourne's father to speak to his former colleagues about seeking mental health help. Belinda Bozykowski said Senior Sheriff Laurie Fox had been planning for her future without "the slightest idea" of a problem the morning she took her own life on New Year's Eve in 2012. But by afternoon he was "really struggling" and after one last agitated phone call he was dead, leaving behind his sons, Charlie and Henry. The story of the former tactical intelligence officer is not unique, with more than 20 members of the Victoria Police dying by suicide in the last seven years. Belinda Bozykowski and her children Charlie and Henry hope more police officers...

Captain charged with manslaughter of sailor

Jerry Boylan, 67, was charged with 34 counts of manslaughter of a sailor for "misconduct, negligence and inattention" for failing to train his crew, conducting fire drills and having a roving night watchman on the Conception when it exploded. the fire on September 2, 2019. said the indictment."As a result of Captain Boylan's alleged failures to follow well-established safety rules, an enjoyable vacation diving trip turned into a hellish nightmare when passengers and a crew member found themselves trapped in a burning bunk room. with no way to escape, "US attorney Nick Hanna said in a statement.A ship captain has been charged with a fire in September 2019 that killed 34 people. (AP)Boylan and four other crew members, who had been sleeping, escaped from the burning ship after he made a br...

How Australia’s GDP Recovery Compares to Nations Around the World

Australia is technically no longer in recession, having posted a September quarter of positive growth.While the headlines are good, the recovery is not so official: Unemployment remains at seven percent and many households are tightening daily budgets.During his speech, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Australia had handled the pandemic, both economically and healthily, better than almost any country in the world.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that while the recession is technically over, the recovery is not. (Sydney Morning Herald)"The Australian economy is making a comeback. Facing a once-in-a-century pandemic that has caused the greatest economic shock since the Great Depression," Frydenberg said."Australia has performed better on the economic and health fronts than almost any other co...

Animal attacks take a terrible toll in Kashmir

Amid the protracted and deadly fighting in Indian-controlled Kashmir, another conflict is quietly taking its toll on the residents of the Himalayan region: one between man and wild animals.According to official data, at least 67 people have been killed and 940 injured in the past five years in wild animal attacks in the famous Kashmir Valley, a vast collection of alpine forests, connected wetlands and waterways known so much for their idyllic views. regarding their decades-long armed conflict between Indian troops and rebels.The Himalayan black bear is at the center of this problem. Experts say that more than 80 percent of deaths and attacks are due to black bear attacks.The Himalayan black bear has been blamed for many attacks on people in the Kashmir region. (AP)In August, a black b...

Iconic James Bond Movie Telescope Collapses

An iconic observatory telescope featured in the James Bond movie Golden eye it has collapsed, a few weeks after its decommissioning was announced.The instrument platform of the 305-meter telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico collapsed overnight, according to the National Science Foundation.It's a final blow to one of the most powerful telescopes on Earth that has aided astronomical discoveries for 57 years and has weathered hurricanes, earthquakes and tropical storms.This photo provided by Aeromed shows the collapsed radio telescope in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The already damaged radio telescope that has played a key role in astronomical discoveries for more than half a century completely collapsed, falling onto the northern part of the vast reflector plate more than 400 ...

Morgues, Hospitals Overflow As US Reaches Grim COVID-19 Milestone

Almost 37,000 Americans died of COVID-19 in November, the most in any month since the dark early days of the pandemic, plunging families into grief, filling pages of small-town newspaper obituaries and testing the capacity of morgues, funeral homes and hospitals.Amid the resurgence, states have begun reopening field hospitals to handle the influx of patients, pushing health care systems and their workers to the limit.Mobile morgues near the El Paso medical examiner are used by medical workers as coronavirus cases rise in El Paso, Texas. (AP)Hospitals are incorporating mobile morgues and funerals are being broadcast live or held as self-service events.Health officials fear the crisis will get even worse in the coming weeks, after many American people Ignored pleas to stay home Thanksgiv...

Melbourne Uber driver vile cops abuse passengers, video shows

The video has emerged from a Uber driver catching vile verbal abuse from a group of passengers who later exposed themselves in a disturbing incident captured on camera.The driver, who wished to remain anonymous, picked up the group of three men last Friday at an address in Mooroolbark outside east Melbourne at 1.30am.He told one of the unmasked men sitting next to him in the front passenger seat that he couldn't sit there due to COVID-19 regulations.The front passenger was told that he could not sit in the front seat under current COVID laws. (Nine)The conversation then turned aggressive, with the man insulting the driver and one of the rear seat passengers proceeding to throw an object at his head."I told the guy sitting next to me that he couldn't be there," the driver told 9news.c...