Sporting codes to be scored on LGBTIQ support - and more 9am Zedlines

Australian sporting codes, including AFL, rugby league, cricket and football, will be scored on the support they offer LGBTIQ players, staff, and fans as part of a new index ranking their inclusivity

Clive Palmer says Yabulu refinery won’t reopen before 31 July

Clive palmer has provided a tentative estimate of 31 July for the reopening of his North Queensland Yabulu refinery, citing numerous outstanding issues.  550 of the refinery’s workers were fired last week and are yet to receive any entitlements.

 

Cancer Council calls for more enlistees

Cancer Council has called for even more Queenslanders to enlist in The March Charge campaign, which challenges enlistees to set personal goals. People are encouraged to walk, run, ride or swim to raise funds in support of the twenty-six thousand Queenslanders diagnosed with cancer each year.

Cancer council spokesperson Scott Knoll says The March Charge is not a race, but a personal challenge to fight cancer while improving your own health.

Participants have raised over fifty-seven thousand dollars so far. (So far participants have conquered 7538 kilometres and raised $57,556.)

 

Sporting codes to be scored on LGBTIQ support

Australian sporting codes, including AFL, rugby league, cricket and football, will be scored on the support they offer LGBTIQ players, staff, and fans as part of a new index ranking their inclusivity.

The Pride in Sport index, announced today, will score sporting organisations based on the support they provide members of their community, including through community outreach, training for club staff, and code policies.

 

The Australian Rugby Union, National Rugby League, Australian Football League, Football Federation of Australia, Cricket Australia, and Water Polo Australia have all signed up to the index.

 

Mother Teresa will be made a Roman Catholic Saint

Yesterday Pope Francis formally approved sainthood for the missionary nun.

Mother Teresa dedicated her life to help the poor of India, and 1979 she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her work.

On September 4 she will become officially recognised as an icon of the Catholic faith.

To the disappointment of Indian Catholics the canonisation will take place at the Vatican.

But a thanksgiving ceremony will be held at a later date in the Indian city Kolkata where Mother Teresa is buried. This announcement comes 19 years after her death.

 

Instagram to support LGBTI campaign

The social media platform Instagram has announced it’s support of a campaign intended to raise awareness of LGBTI youth. Hashtag #VisibleMe is the brainchild of former YouTube employee Raymond Braun, and is designed to give a platform to LGBTI youth who would otherwise be without a voice.

It is the first time Instagram have featured an LGBTI-exclusive channel, and Braun hopes it will cultivate a community of help and support for young people.