Peanuts or pine nuts? - and more 10am Zedlines:

Peanuts are hardly pine nuts, however a case of mistaken identity has created a potentially fatal dilemma. (Image Source: Flickr Creative Commons)

Grandfather pleads for death penalty:

The 52 year-old Grandfather responsible for the stabbing death of his two-month-old granddaughter Queenie has pleaded for the death penalty.

The man was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder at a bedside hearing on Friday where he told his lawyer he did not know his granddaughter had died until he was charged.

He will remain under police guard and was remanded in custody. He did not apply for bail.


Containers of pine nuts have been pulled from supermarket shelves after it was discovered some were filled with peanuts instead.

The potentially fatal error was discovered by Brisbane company, Beta Wholesalers, after it purchased containers of the nuts from a Victorian importer.

People with 120 gram containers of Beta Wholesalers pine nuts are being urged to either dispose or return them.

The Big Red Kidney Bus moving forward:

The Big Red Kidney Bus, a mobile dialysis unit is hoping to expand after giving over 300 dialysis patients and their families freedom to travel in its first year.

The Bus is operated by Kidney Health Australia and visits holiday spots across Victoria, located for six weeks in caravan parks.

It contains three dialysis chairs for use by 12 people each week and is open for booking to all Australians on haemodialysis in hospital, satellite unit, or on home haemodialysis.

Invesitgations into impacts of rising water temperatures:

Australian marine scientists are to investigate the impact of rising water temperatures on the food sources of whales and penguins in a new study to be undertaken in the Southern Ocean.

The Aurora Australis team will be joined by scientists from China and the UK setting out to capture a biological and chemical picture of the area southwest of Australia by sampling fish, krill, and water depths.

Chief investigator Andrew Constable says the research is vital to Australia because of our dependance on the area for conservation and fisheries and could lead to recommendations on krill catch limits.

Aid convoy delayed:

An aid convoy due to reach the Syrian village of Madaya has been delayed by last minute logistical hitches.

The World Food Program had hoped to take a first shipment of food and medicine to 40,000 people trapped in the rebel-held town on Sunday, however due to logistical issues the drop won’t happen until today.

The town has been under siege by Syrian government forces and Hezbollah militants since July and there are growing fears the aid won’t be distributed fairly seeing as it is currently being held by fighters opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

PNG tuberculosis outbreak:

Health workers in Papua New Guinea are pleading the government to release a promised $20 million in funding as the drug-resistant tuberculosis outbreak facing the northern Torres Strait worsens.

On the island of Daru, near the PNG-Australia border, the hospital’s Australian-funded tuberculosis ward is full, forcing many patients to be sent away for treatment in community.

In the island community of only 15,000 more than 160 have contracted the disease, the highest rate in the world.

The situation has sparked an international response, though the PNG Government have so far failed to meet their commitment.