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Clive Palmer’s North Queensland nickel refinery could be fined over increased levels of ammonia found in two creeks near the refinery.

Former Local High School teacher pleads not guilty to indecent treatment of children

A former private school teacher has pleaded not guilty to five charges relating to indecent treatment of children.

Yesterday the jury heard video testimony from former students, describing the defendant’s alleged questionable conduct in 2013 and 2014.

All evidence has now been presented, and the court will hear closing submission in the case today.

 

Queensland Nickel could face fines of up to $2.6 Million over ammonia levels

Clive Palmer’s North Queensland nickel refinery could be fined over increased levels of ammonia found in two creeks near the refinery.

Queensland Nickel is located north of Townsville near Halifax Bay, which is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area.

The Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage confirmed the contamination. They have ordered Queensland Nickel Sales (QNS) to investigate the incident and report back to the department next week.

Once they have the report, the department will consider if action is required.

 

Young mothers at greater risk of domestic violence

New data reported to UN headquarters yesterday shows that Australian mothers who have their first child in their teens are more likely to become victims of domestic violence.

Professor Gita Mishra from The University of Queensland is currently attending the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York, which runs until 24 March.

Professor Mishrah says that data from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health indicates that domestic violence is as high or higher than it was 20 years ago.

The study, based at UQ and The University of Newcastle, has involved over 58,000 australian women since it began in 1995.

 

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

As a part of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program, the Australian Government has launched the ‘A gift for Living’ campaign.

This campaign was launched today and is aimed to decrease the number of bowel cancer incidents in Australia. Australia currently has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world.

Australian men and women turning 50, 55, 60, 64, 65, 70, 72 and 74 are invited to participate and screen for bowel cancer. Participants will be sent a free screening kit that can be used at home.

With the full implementation of this program, the Minister for Health Sussan Ley estimates 300-500 lives can be saved a year.

 

Mental Health concerns in Canadian First Nation communities

A study from the Centre of Suicide Prevention claims self-inflicted injuries are the leading cause of death for First Nation people under the age of 44. Furthermore, suicide rates of inuit youths are the highest among youths in the world.

Sylwia Krzyston, a spokesperson for Health Canada, says the community needs more readily available health professionals. Approximately four hundred nurses provide service to over ninety thousand people living in these areas. Furthermore, only one in forty five nurses receive complete training in necessary skills such as cardiac life support and trauma support.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised his government’s first budget will include an historic investment for the country’s Indigenous people.

 

Thousands protest outside Australian Embassy in Dili over Oil and Gas boundaries

Thousands of Timorese protested outside the Australian embassy in Dili yesterday, over oil and gas reserves in the Timor Sea.

The protest calls for the Australian Government to negotiate a boundary line in accordance with United Nations laws.

Protesters claim that by UN Convention of Law of The Sea, the reserves would legally fall into East Timor’s territory rather than Australia's.      

East Timor says that it has lost over $6billion in revenue from the Timor Sea and that these absent profits could fund its budget for three years.