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Month: February 2021

Former Liberal Staff Member Says Government Has Questions to Answer About His Conduct

Former Liberal staff member Brittany Higgins says the Federal Government has questions to answer about her conduct as new details emerged from the night of his alleged violation inside the House of Parliament.Higgins revealed allegations to news.com.au and Channel 10 The project On Monday she was raped by a staff member of the then Defense Industry Minister and current Defense Minister, Linda Reynolds, in the early hours of March 23, 2019.Today, she released a new explosive statement when more details about her alleged sexual assault were released.Brittany Higgins has alleged that she was raped in Parliament by a colleague and left with little support, prompting Prime Minister Scott Morrison to order a review of how allegations of assault in the workplace are handled. (Supplied / Nin...

Why Snow Storms Hit the Northern Hemisphere

It's as if the world has been turned upside down, or at least its climate.You can blame the increasingly familiar polar vortex, which has brought the flavor of the Arctic to places where winter often requires nothing more than a jacket.Around the North Pole, the ultra-cold winter air generally stays bottled at an altitude of 15 to 30 miles.Parts of the US are being hit by unprecedented snow. (Getty)That's the polar vortex, spinning like a top on top of the planet. But every now and then something hits the top, sending cold air escaping from its arctic home and heading south.It has been happening more frequently and scientists are still not entirely sure why, but suggest that it is a mix of natural random weather and human-caused climate change.This particular polar vortex breakout has ...

Feds investigate causes of 133-car crash that killed six in Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board said its investigation focuses on snow and ice treatment procedures.Six people were killed when up to 100 vehicles were caught in a pile during a winter storm in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP)Before the accident, the road had been treated with brine, essentially salt water, used to dry the roads before cold weather.North Tarrant Express, the private company that manages the highway, said it was following the same procedure as the Texas Department of Transportation."The NTE and NTE35W maintenance crews began pretreating the corridors Tuesday morning in anticipation of inclement weather, and have been continually treating while monitoring the road," the company said in a statement."We will continue to treat the roads over the weekend and into next week as...

Australian father dies in Japan while working as a ski instructor

The family of a Melbourne father of two say they were devastated after he died in a work accident in Japan.Nee Ta, a snowboarder, had been living his dreams after landing a job as a ski instructor in Niseko, on the northern island of Hokkaido, two years ago, his brother Nick told nine.com.au.However, tragedy struck last Wednesday when the 43-year-old was helping clear a pile of accumulated snow on the roof of an employee dormitory building.The Ta family in Niseko. (Supplied: Nick Ta)It is believed that Mr Ta fell and was buried under a large amount of snow."He was trapped under about six feet of snow for about 30 minutes while they tried to pull him out and rescue him," said his sister-in-law Tori Ta.Mr. Ta was taken to the hospital but did not regain consciousness.Nine.com.au has conta...

The family says the bill is not good enough

A mother whose daughter and unborn grandson died in a car accident has called for proposed laws recognizing lost pregnancies as a result of crime to be strengthened.Katie Gleeson, 20, was 34 weeks pregnant with her second son Xavier when the car she was traveling in crashed in Inverell, in northern New South Wales, last March.Ms. Gleeson died before she could be airlifted to the hospital. Paramedics delivered her baby, but he too died before reaching the hospital.Katie Gleeson pictured with her daughter Summer (left). Summer (right) looks at a picture of her mother in a locket. (Supplied: Dianne Marlow)The 22-year-old driver of the car in which Ms. Gleeson was a passenger was later charged with dangerous driving resulting in death, driving without a license and driving an unregistere...

Jucy’s rental car and motorhome collapse left NZ $ 44 million in debt to ASB bank

The Jucy group of car and motorhome rental companies from Australia and New Zealand owed $ 40.87 million to the ASB bank when the recipients were designated late last year.The receivership documents said the group, which included Jucy Group, Jucy Rentals, Jucy Holdings and Jucy by Design, was hit hard by COVID-19-related border closures and travel restrictions.At the time of its receivership in November, the group's direct and guaranteed debt to ASB was approximately $ 40.87 million (NZ $ 44 million), and an unsecured creditor was owed $ 930,000 (NZ $ 1 million). New Zealand dollars).Jucy motorhomes were parked at the company's rental base at Christchurch Airport in early May 2020. Recipients said the closure of the New Zealand border was a major factor in the Jucy Group's financial dif...

Treasurer hails deals between publishers and Google as a “world first” for original journalism

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has called the negotiations between Google and Australia's largest publishers a "world first" to reward original journalism.In a surprise cap this afternoon, Mr. Frydenberg said that the agreements between the newsmakers and Google "will help keep journalism in the public interest in this country for years to come."Nine is the publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald and this website.Frydenberg said he understood that a large number of publishers were currently in talks with Google. (Nine)Frydenberg said he understood that other media companies, including Nine, were currently in talks to finalize a deal with the digital platform.A Nine spokesperson said the discussions are ongoing."We continue to have constructive discussions with digital platforms and when we ha...

The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Launched For Frontline Workers Starting Monday

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced that more than 35,000 frontline healthcare workers will receive the COVID-19 vaccine over the next three weeks."Since the vaccine has arrived ... starting Monday, over the next three weeks, 35,000 front-line workers will be vaccinated in New South Wales," said Ms Berejiklian.The first cohort of people to be vaccinated will receive the prick at one of the state's three vaccination centers, which are located at Westmead Hospital, Liverpool Hospital and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.Frontline workers, including nurses, will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine in New South Wales. (Getty)During the first three weeks, anyone who receives the vaccine will receive the Pfizer injection and therefore will need a second injection thr...

Bitcoin hits a new all-time high. Here’s why experts think it will grow larger

Bitcoin has broken the $ 50,000 ($ 64,600) barrier, a new all-time high as the cryptocurrency gains legitimacy among institutional investors.Fueled by various announcements that Bitcoin would be treated as a verifiable currency, such as to buy one of Elon Musk's Teslas, the infamous digital currency is on a tear.Even during the peak of Bitcoin's emergence in general consciousness in December 2017, it only peaked at around $ 25,700.Bitcoin (BTC) is booming. (Independent Reserve)So dramatic has been the recent rise in crypto that if you bought a single dollar of Bitcoin in early 2011, your investment would now be worth more than $ 100,000, adjusted for inflation.Simon Peters, a crypto asset analyst at multi-asset investment platform eToro, predicts that Bitcoin could hit the $ 70,000 mark...

New Zealand records two new community cases of COVID-19

The couple are siblings who attend Papatoetoe High School in south Auckland.One is a close contact of the existing student case.One of three COVID-19 cases announced Sunday was a student at Papatoetoe High School. (Abigail Dougherty / Stuff)The two new cases were announced ahead of the usual 1 p.m. (local time) announcement by COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins at today's health screening committee.Mr. Hipkins said that out of 31 close contacts at the school, there were 28 negatives and two sets of results were pending.Of the general school population, officials asked 1,523 people to be tested.Of those, 1,089 results were obtained, of which one was positive and 433 were still pending, Hipkins said.Chief Health Officer Dr. Ashley Bloomfield said one of the new cases was a classmate...