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Brisbane is tipped to reach 37C, fanned by westerly winds, but with high humidity it will feel more like 40C. (Image source; Creative Commons)

Local News

Queensland authorities prepare for Zika virus

Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick has sought advice to prepare for potential cases of the Zika virus as the World Health Organisation declares the illness a global emergency.

The state’s tropical north and Torres Strait is of most concern for the mosquito-borne virus, with Minister Dick saying although there is currently no great risk of an outbreak, but the government is preparing public health responses in case.

Zika has been linked to microcephaly, a birth defect causing children to be born with abnormally small heads after their mother contracts the virus during pregnancy, with thousands of suspected cases across South America.


Spike in patients being treated for heat related illnesses

This week's hot conditions have seen a spike in patients being transported to hospital.

It's predicted to be hotter than the predicted maximum 1700 kilometres north in Cairns. It's warmer than the state's hottest town of Julia Creek, which sweated through 20 straight days above 40 degrees in November 2014.

Cooler conditions won't present themselves until Friday, when the bureau is tipping a high of 29 degrees.


National News

Cyclone ravaged communities in the top end move into new homes

Almost one year after category four Cyclone Lam devastated communities in Galiwinku east of Darwin, families are able to move into their re-constructed homes.

Residents had been living in tents on the town oval and in demountable housing as the Northern Territory government pledged an additional five million dollars to the rebuild effort after it was revealed last month none of the 80 houses promised had been completed.

Half of the houses are now completed, with the next half to be delivered through a program of apprenticeship and training schemes aimed at supporting employment in the towns.


Ballarat men in blackface spark national race debate, again

A group of musicians have hit out at two Ballarat men who attended an “Aussie Icon” themed party dressed in blackface over the weekend.

Indigenous artists Briggs, Thelma Plum and Birdz spoke up in support of a Gunditjmara (GUN-DITCH-MARA) woman who called out the pair on Facebook, which sparked a nationwide race debate.

Yorta Yorta rapper Briggs says people should never underestimate the reach of social media in these situations.


International News

Norway’s police force to go gunless

After taking up arms for just over a year, Norway’s police are being instructed to once again leave their guns locked in their patrol cars.

An increased terror threat in November 2014 caused the Scandinavian nation’s police force to temporarily carry weapons.

The force were originally meant to disarm on the night of the Paris attacks, however extended the armed period until now.

UK wins approval to stem cell experiments

For the first time British scientists have won permission to edit the genes of human embryos for research purposes. But the technique has some detractors worried that it will lead to “designer babies” in the future.

While it will be a first for the UK, the decision comes less than a year after China sparked global outrage when it announced it had genetically modified human embryos.

London stem cell scientist Kathy Niakan will carry out similar experiments to those believed to have been carried out in China, and says her experiments are designed to deepen scientific understanding of how a healthy human embryo develops, which could be helpful in improving fertility treatments.