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Month: June 2021

More than 230 deaths reported amid heat wave in parts of Canada

More than 230 deaths have been reported in British Columbia, Canada since Friday when a historic heat wave brought record temperatures.The province's chief coroner called it an "unprecedented moment.""Since the start of the heat wave late last week, the BC Coroners Service has experienced a significant increase in reported deaths where extreme heat is suspected to have contributed," Chief Medical Examiner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement.A temporary fogging station on Abbott Street during a heat wave in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)The forensic service typically receives around 130 death reports during a four-day period.From Friday to Monday, at least 233 deaths were reported, the chief coroner said, adding that "this number will increase as the data cont...

Palaszczuk government ‘pile on’ PM to cover ‘gross COVID mistake’: Chris Smith

Sky News host Chris Smith says the Palaszczuk government has just been "piling on" the prime minister over his announcement regarding AstraZeneca for under 60s to hide their "gross mistake" of not having a COVID ward worker vaccinated. On Monday Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced GPs will be given no-fault indemnity for AstraZeneca shots given to under 60s in a bid to boost vaccination rates. "This drug has never been banned for adults, this has never been banned for 18-year-olds, 19-year-olds or 20-year-olds," Mr Smith said. "What the prime minister said the other night threw people because people forget yes it's recommended that it's taken by those over 60 – but it was never banned. "He was just restating what was said months ago. They've j...

Chris Uhlmann points to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Health Director Jeannette Young about AstraZeneca.

Political Editor of Nine News Chris Uhlmann has pointed to the position of Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and Health Director Jeannette Young on the AstraZeneca vaccine.Today, the couple told a news conference that people under 40 should not get that vaccine, even though it is available to younger Australians this week.It unleashed chaos and confusion among state leaders, health professionals, and the public.Check out the full video above.Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk today lashed out at the federal government's vaccine launch plans. (Getty)"What Queensland Premier and his health director did it today it was just amazing, "Uhlmann said tonight."If they wanted to blame their imprisonment on the prime minister, there was a lot of fertile ground to work on...

The NRL handed out $75,000 in fines to Canterbury and Sharks star Josh Dugan for Covid protocol breaches

The NRL has come down hard after a series of Covid rule breaches slapping the Canterbury Bulldogs and Cronulla star Josh Dugan with a combined $75,000 in fines. Dugan will also have to serve 14 days in isolation after attending a restaurant in Potts Point, last week, in breach of Level 3 biosecurity protocols which required players to remain at home unless training, playing or conducting essential household requirements.The NRL said Dugan had been fully informed of his obligations by the Sharks and “and chose not to comply with them”.Read NextHe won’t be permitted to return to training until he’s completed his 14-days in isolation from the Sharks squad.The Bulldogs were also slapped with a $50,000 fine for failing “to take all reasonable measures” to ensure its players complied with the...

CCP a ‘quasi-religious, nationalist movement’ which has married communism and nationalism

The Chinese Communist Party is a “quasi-religious, nationalist movement” which has successfully married communism with “excessive and extreme nationalism”, says the Australian’s Foreign Editor Greg Sheridan. Mr Sheridan said the Beijing regime, which celebrates its 100th birthday on Thursday, has been achieved both good and terrible things in its history. “[The West] doesn’t understand the culture and history of the Chinese Communist Party which, I think, is best seen as a quasi-religious, nationalist movement which has state power,” he told Sky News. “The idea that the Chinese communists don’t believe in communism is mistaken. “Many Chinese, probably most Chinese, would rather have a more free life… they also wanted a less corrupt life and ethni...

Facebook post leads to court order in years-old college rape case

As he pleaded with prosecutors to accept his university violation In the complaint, Shannon Keeler studied in Spain, won a national lacrosse championship, earned a bachelor's degree, and fell in love.Meanwhile, he gathered evidence from the first year's attack and passed it on to investigators.Here are the names of the people who saw the senior stalking me at the frat party in 2013. Here's the phone number of the friend who saw him follow me home. Here is the name of the hospital where my coach took me for a rape kit.And then last year: here's a recent post from his Facebook account that says, "So I raped you."Shannon Keeler told her story to The Associated Press, a new team of police and prosecutors obtained an arrest warrant yesterday, charging Ian Cleary. (AP)After verifying the ...

China faces worst power shortage in a decade

porcelain It is in the midst of a huge energy crisis, as extreme weather, growing energy demand and strict limits on the use of coal deal a triple blow to the country's electricity grid.It's a problem that could last for months, testing the country's economic recovery and weighing on world trade.Nearly a dozen Chinese provinces have said they face an energy crisis in recent weeks, including some of the most important engines of the country's economic growth.People take pictures against a backdrop of the Shenzhen skyline at Lianhuashan Park in Shenzhen, China (Bloomberg)Guangdong Province, a manufacturing hub responsible for $ 2.2 trillion or more than 10 percent of China's annual economic output and a majority of its foreign trade, has been rationing energy for more than a month.The ...

Sydney man accused of sexual assault denied bail for downloading app

Joshua Rini has been accused of raping three women he met on Tinder between 2017 and 2019. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Bianca De Marchi.A Sydney tradie accused of sexually assaulting three women he met on Tinder is set to stay behind bars on remand until he goes to trial after a court heard he had breached his bail by downloading a dating app.Joshua Rini will stand trial in the NSW District Court next year where he will face multiple counts of sexual intercourse without consent.He made a bail application on Wednesday, with his lawyer Ivan Vizintin submitting to the court a letter from his partner that he was a “family man” - despite the fact he had downloaded a dating app.Read NextHe was arrested in July last year after two women alleged he sexually assaulted them after meeting on TinderThe w...