Holi celebration and other 8am zedlines

Holi, festival of colours, celebrated in India and South Asia. (source: wikicommons)

Ipswich Mayor seeks damages for defamation claim

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale has filed a defamation lawsuit against electoral runner up Gary Duff and his wife Cornelia Turni, for claims they made against him on Facebook.

The defamation claim says that these publications have caused damage to the plaintiff in both his personal and professional reputations, has cause substantial hurt, distress and embarrassment to the plaintiff and his family.

Mayor Pisasale is seeking 150,000 dollars in damages due to the claims made about his character.

Toowomba leading the state in job growth

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show Toowoomba’s unemployment rate has continued to fall in February, with more than 4,000 jobs created in the last 12 months.

Toowoomba and the Darling Downs are two of the top-performing regions in terms of jobs growth in Queensland.

Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt says the redevelopment of Grand Central shopping centre in Toowoomba will create a further 1,500 jobs during construction and 1,000 new retail jobs.

Japan continues whaling in the Antarctic

The Australian Marine Conservation Society has urged the Australian Government to ensure Japan’s latest whaling expedition in Antarctic waters will be its last.

Japan’s whaling fleet recently returned to port following a three-month whale hunt in the Antarctic region.

Japan has continued its whaling activities despite the International Court of Justice ruling in 2014 that these activities are illegal.

Call for Tasmanian hospital overhaul

The Australasian College for Emergency Medicine has pointed to the need for better systems and support in Tasmanian hospitals.

The College says recent incidents of long waiting times at emergency departments highlight overcrowding issues at Tasmanian hospitals and staff pressures in providing appropriate care.

The immediate past-President of the College, Dr Anthony Cross, says the solution to this problem needs to be system-wide, and implemented properly and comprehensively.

Argentinian human rights groups unhappy with Obama

Human rights groups in Argentina have expressed anger at US President Obama’s visit to a memorial for people who died during the Argentinian dictatorship between 1976 and 1983.

Despite President Obama’s reflection that the US was too slow to condemn the dictatorship, human rights groups are not willing to forgive the role of the US at the time.

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the start of the military rule that resulted in the deaths of thousands of left wing dissents in Argentina.

Holi celebration this week

Holi, the Hindu festival of colours, marks the beginning of spring and has been celebrated across India and South Asian countries.

Holi is mythologically significant - it symbolises the triumph of good over evil and is associated with the eternal love between Lord Krishna and his consort Radha.

Bringing together people of all classes and age groups, the festival is full of colour-splashing, dancing and singing.