Saturday, December 5

Month: November 2020

Dead artist John McCracken responsible for alien like the Utah desert monolith, claims gallery owner David Zwirner

Utah Aero Bureau Department of Public Safety officials stumbled upon the shiny monolith on November 18 while conducting a survey on bighorn sheep.The object has no significant markings, but appears to have been bolted to the ground with "human-made rivets."A mysterious metal monolith was found in the Utah desert while department officials were doing a sheep count last week. (Utah Department of Public Safety)The monolith has been compared to the mysterious object in 2001: a space odyssey, but a German gallery owner thinks otherwise.David Zwirner is convinced that the monolith is the work of the minimalist sculptor John McCracken, whom he represented."The gallery is divided on this," Zwirner said in a statement."I think it's definitely John's."The mystery slab was spotted by a helicopt...

Telstra faces a $ 50 million fine for selling mobile plans to indigenous customers who could not pay

Telstra has been accused of using unfair sales tactics to enroll 108 indigenous customers in overpriced mobile plans that they couldn't understand or pay for.The revelations come from the control body of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which today initiated legal proceedings against the telecommunications company for "excessive conduct".Telstra admitted to the ACCC that it had violated Australia's Consumer Law by signing customers to multiple postpaid mobile contracts between January 2016 and August 2018.In some cases, sales personnel falsely represented that indigenous consumers received "free" products. (AAP)Staff at five stores in the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia are accused of taking advantage of "a substantially stronger barga...

Australian Kylie Moore Gilbert released by Iran Scott Morrison delighted

The release of the Melbourne academic who had been detained in Iran for two years allegedly involved the release of an Iranian man convicted of attempting to assassinate Israeli diplomats in Thailand, as well as an Iranian businessman.Morrison confirmed that no prisoner held in Australia had been released.Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that no prisoners held in Australia have been released as part of the Kylie Moore-Gilbert release. (AP)"The Australian government does not recognize or confirm any such agreement regarding the release of others elsewhere," Morrison said.“If other people have been released in other places, it is decisions of the sovereign governments in those places."There are no detainees in Australia who have been released."Morrison said he was not aware that the...

Renewed calls for paid domestic violence leave as abuse increases during pandemic

Calls have been renewed for paid domestic violence leave to be accelerated as abuse in the home increases during the pandemic.The Australian Services Union has launched a new resource for companies and businesses on how to respond to domestic violence while people continue to work from home.It is celebrated in the same week as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the NSW Police launched a 16-day activism campaign to combat violence in all its forms.Natalie Lang of the Australian Services Union. (Supplied)"The pandemic demands that we accelerate the inevitable move to paid domestic violence leave," said NSW and ACT ASU Secretary Natalie Lang."Employers are benefiting from being able to transform people's homes into a workplace. They must accept the res...

Kylie Moore Gilbert Faces Long Recovery, Former Iran Prisoner

Freed Australian woman Kylie Moore-Gilbert faces a challenging recovery process after spending two years in a notorious Iranian jail, according to a former prisoner.Dr. Moore-Gilbert was jailed for 10 years on espionage charges in 2017, which she has consistently denied, and spent most of her 804-day incarceration in Tehran's Evin Prison.It was the same facility that housed American journalist Jason Rezaian, who told nine.com.au what conditions were like.Australian woman Kylie Moore-Gilbert shortly after her release from prison in Tehran. (AP)"It is what in the West we would call a covert operations site, run by the intelligence section of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard."Mr. Rezaian was a correspondent for the Washington Post in Iran from 2012 to 2016, during which he was imprisoned fo...

Why Members Are Forced To Travel Abroad During The Pandemic To Obtain Their Visas

Australians' partners are forced to spend thousands of dollars on flights abroad and back during the pandemic due to bureaucratic Australian visa regulation called "ridiculous and idiotic."Under Australian migration law, people applying for a partner visa abroad must leave Australia for their visa to be granted.Similarly, people who applied for a partner visa while in Australia must be in the country before their visa can be approved.The regulation has meant that during the pandemic the Department of the Interior has been prioritizing cases of applicants on the ground who do not need to leave the country.Amelia Elliott, a Melbourne woman, said her Filipino husband Bowie Domingo's overseas partner visa application was one of many that had been delayed by the pandemic.Domingo has been liv...

Slaughtered mink raised from mass graves in Denmark due to gruesome natural phenomenon

Many of the minks are being buried in shallow wells at a military training ground in the West Jutland region.Cleaning chemicals are used to disinfect a common mink pit in Denmark. (AP)But a natural phenomenon means that many of the corpses are being pushed from the ground into the open."As bodies decompose, gases can form," police spokesman Thomas Kristensen told national broadcaster DR."This makes everything expand a little bit. This way, in the worst case, the mink comes out of the ground."The minks were buried in mass graves under a meter of earth, but the soil in the region is too light to contain the decomposing bodies.Now there is concern that mass graves may be contaminating drinking water in the region.Mink breeder Thorbjoern Jepsen holds up a mink as the police break into his m...

President Donald Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn

In a recent White House tweet, Trump confirmed that Gen. Michael T. Flynn received "a full pardon."Michael Flynn, left, introduces Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in 2016. (AP Photo / John Locher)"It is a great honor for me to announce that General Michael T. Flynn has received a full pardon. Congratulations to @GenFlynn and his wonderful family, I know you will now have a truly fantastic Thanksgiving." Trump wrote on Twitter today.In those talks, General Flynn urged the diplomat not to step up in response to the Obama administration's imposition of sanctions on Russia for electoral interference.It was widely speculated that Trump would pardon General Flynn along with George Papadopoulos and Paul Manafort.The president has long claimed, falsely, that ...

Thursday, November 26, a heat wave arrives that causes temperatures to skyrocket in Australia

Temperatures are expected to skyrocket from northwestern Australia to the southeast.Western Sydney will suffocate with temperatures reaching 40 degrees, and Sunday is likely to be the hottest November day in five years.The national weather forecast for Thursday, November 26, 2020. (Nine news)In the extreme north of South Australia, the city of Tarcoola could reach almost 49 degrees."The sun has been warming the air over much of the Australian outback for the past few days," Dean Narramore of the Bureau of Meteorology told Today.“The heat started in Western Australia a few days ago, a couple of hours east of Perth we saw temperatures of around 40 degrees a few days ago."(It is) moving to South Australia today, it will get even warmer on Thursday and as the canal system moves across the c...

UK cuts foreign aid amid worst recession in more than 300 years

the British The government is facing fury over its decision to ditch its longstanding foreign aid goal to fund other spending priorities in the wake of what it described as the deepest recession in more than three centuries.In a statement to lawmakers, Treasury Chief Rishi Sunak said the target of allocating 0.7 percent of national income to foreign aid will be lowered to 0.5 percent. The move is expected to free up around £ 4bn ($ 7.2bn) for the Conservative government to use elsewhere.He said that "sticking rigidly" to the goal "is difficult to justify" to the people at a time when the economy has been so hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.British Chancellor Rishi Sunak leaves Downing Street to attend Parliament in London. (AP)"At a time of unprecedented crisis, the government m...