Friday, September 17

‘Crazy’ partner visa rule should be changed immediately, Labor says

The government says it will allow people who applied for a partner visa abroad to obtain a visa while they remain in Australia as a "temporary concession" due to COVID-19.However, the changes won't be made until early next year, drawing criticism from Labor and couples who say they should be effective immediately.Under current Australian visa regulations, individuals submitting a partner visa application abroad must leave Australia for their visa to be granted.The Interior Department's move comes after nine.com.au reported last week on the case of Amelia Elliott, a Melbourne woman, and her Filipino husband Bowie Domingo.Amelia Elliott and Bowie Domingo pictured at the airport last week before their run to Singapore. (Supplied: Amelia Elliott)The couple said the "crazy" regulation meant ...

Extreme heat wave conditions alert emergency personnel

There are currently 70 fires in NSW, but none are listed above advisory level, meaning that there are currently no lives or property threatened.However, six remain "uncontained".NSW RFS Helicopter tends to fire amid extreme heat wave conditions. (NSWRFS)RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers said newly germinated grasslands are a big concern as we approach summer."Fire crews will work hard to control (wildfires) before conditions worsen in New South Wales," Commissioner Rogers told Today."We will see an increase in temperatures across the state, but most of the concern will be west of the ranges."Most of the risk will be rural and regional tomorrow, but as you mentioned, it is an ominous sign of what is to come, particularly the grassland areas."He warned that grasslands had "the potential to cau...

Mysterious silver monolith found in Utah desert disappears

A tall silver shiny metal monolith discovered in the desert in southeastern Utah, which spawned theories about the location of aliens and lured determined hikers to its secret location, has now disappeared.The monolith was removed by an "unknown party" sometime Friday night, the state's Bureau of Land Management said in a post on Saturday."We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, known as the 'monolith,' has been removed" from BLM's public lands, the publication said.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 BLM did not remove the structure, which is considered private property."The monolith was first discovered on November 18 by offici...

US May See ‘Rise After Rise’ of Viruses in Coming Weeks

America's leading infectious disease expert said Sunday that the US you can see "increase upon increase" of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and you don't expect current recommendations on social distancing to relax before Christmas.Meanwhile, in a major change, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said the nation's largest school system will reopen to in-person learning and increase the number of days a week that many children attend classes.The announcement came just 11 days after the Democratic mayor said schools would be closing due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.Nursing home resident Harriet Krakowsky, 85, holds a photo with a sign thanking staff at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale during a staff parade to celebrate Thanksgiving in New York. "The holidays make it...

Wisconsin’s full tally confirms Joe Biden’s win over Donald Trump

Dane County was the second and last county to finish its recount, reporting a 45 vote gain for Trump. Milwaukee County, the other large and overwhelmingly liberal county in the state that was the target of a recount for which Trump paid $ 3 million, reported its results Friday, a 132 vote gain for Biden.Poll workers, right, verify ballots as tally observers, left, watch during a manual tally of presidential votes in Milwaukee in Central Wisconsin, Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)Together, the two counties barely changed Biden's profit margin of approximately 20,600 votes, giving the winner a net gain of 87 votes."As we have said, the recount only served to reaffirm Joe Biden's victory in Wisconsin," Danielle Melfi, who led Biden's campaign in Wisconsin, said...

Heat wave continues in Queensland, temperature records will be broken

(Nine)Birdsville, in the west of the state, is forecast for 47 ° C, while Goondiwindi, on the border of New South Wales, can wait 45 ° C before the mercury rises to 46 ° C on Wednesday.In other parts of southern Queensland, a maximum of 45 ° C is forecast for Cunnamulla, and in Dalby on the Darling Downs it will be 41 ° C.The scorching conditions will continue throughout the week in Queensland.A stagnant air mass and a clear sky will cause very hot conditions that will persist for many days in southern Queensland.Temperatures will hit the 40 ° C mark in many parts, prompting warnings from authorities.Residents are urged to stay hydrated and cool.A fire on Fraser Island, Queensland. it is now under control. (9News)Conditions will also affect a Nerang forest fire near Nundubbermere, whic...

Hardline Iranian newspaper urges Iran to attack port city of Haifa if Israel kills top nuclear scientist

An opinion piece published Sunday by a hard line Iranian The newspaper urged Iran to attack the Israeli port city of Haifa if Israel carries out the assassination of the scientist who founded the Islamic Republic's military nuclear program in the early 2000s.Although the hard line Kayhan The newspaper has long advocated for aggressive retaliation for operations against Iran, Sunday's op-ed went further, suggesting that any assault be carried out in a way that destroys facilities and "also causes many human casualties. ".Israel, suspected of killing Iranian nuclear scientists over the past decade, has not commented the shameless assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. A military-style ambush on Friday outside Tehran allegedly saw a truck bomb explode and gunmen opened fire on the sci...

Leading medical journals compromised fact-checking and ethical standards amid a pandemic, Australian study found

New Australian research has called into question the ethical and fact-checking standards of the world's most influential medical journals during the coronavirus pandemic.The report, published today in the Medical Journal of Australia, found that one in five COVID-19 studies published by journals during the first five months of the pandemic had corrections issued after publication.This compares with 7.4 percent, or roughly one in 13 studies, published at the same time last year.This is equivalent to tripling the number of errors that go undetected during the generally rigorous review process prior to publication.On the contrary, no such retractions were made in 2019.The study's lead author, Professor Michael Reade of the University of Queensland, told nine.com.au that there was widesprea...

Humanitarian crisis unfolding amid civil war

Teresa Tsfa gave birth on the road, alone, under a blazing sun, after walking for seven hours.Passersby found her, gave her clean clothes, and bathed her newborn son in a puddle.The 25-year-old is one of many tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Ethiopia, each with their own story of horror and hardship.Teresa Tsfa, 25, gave birth on a street while fleeing conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region. (AP)Teresa Tsfa holds her baby in the Um Rakuba refugee camp in Qadarif. (AP)Teresa eventually made it to the Um Rakouba camp in Sudan, but her husband is in custody in Ethiopia and she doesn't know where her seven-year-old son is. They fled together in panic, but parted ways."She was left behind when I got there. I got scared and ran. When we got to the road there were shots, I gave birth."Her n...

States facing ‘worst day’ since Black Summer wildfires

Eastern Australia is facing its first major test of the wildfire season today as scorching temperatures take over several states.Extreme heat and strong winds are generating dangerous conditions by the spread of wildfires today in New South Wales and Queensland."It is without a doubt the worst day for fire hazard since last fire season," said NSW RFS Commissioner Rob Rogers. Today."There are 38 fires and three that are not under control at the moment."Crews have worked overnight to contain these fires, which has been successful."But it's really about these new ignitions today, they are what we are concerned about."There is a severe fire hazard warning for the Far North Coast, North Coast, Greater Hunter, Greater Sydney Region, and Northwest Region.There is also a very high fire hazar...