NSW Health issue air pollution warning and more Zedlines

New South Wales Health has issued a warning for Sydney residents as toxic gas lingers over the city.(image: Flickr; Tony Rodd)

The current air quality is rated as ‘poor’ and health authorities are warning people with respiratory conditions such as asthma to take extra caution.

The conditions are being attributed to a combination of hot, still weather and heavy pollution is being blamed for an excess of harmful gases known as ozone in Western suburbs.


Federal government to sue prawn farmer after virus outbreak

The Federal government will pursue legal action against one prawn farmer... and is investigating four others ... after white spot disease was discovered in the Logan river.

Authorities are expected to allege that at least one importer hand picked only healthy prawns for white spot testing from a consignment that was known to carry the virus.

The virus, previously unknown in Australia ... was found in five prawn farms near the river, and in wild prawns in the river itself.


Search continues for missing Mackay man

The search for a man who fell overboard yesterday from a vessel off the coast near Mackay has resumed this morning.

An RACQ rescue helicopter is being joined today by Whitsunday water police and divers to continue their air and sea search.

Local police say they will use sonar technology to help find the missing man.


WA Election tactics spill over to social media

The WA Liberal Party is encouraging supporters to report Labor Party Facebook posts that they believe promote fake or misleading stories.

A Liberal spokesperson defended the move, saying it empowers the public to report alleged “Labor lies” by the party and its leader, Mark McGowan, ahead of the March state election.

However, social media experts have criticised the Liberal campaign, arguing that the recent epidemic of “fake news” on Facebook is not the same as campaign tactics by political parties.


Rohingyans flee Myanmar for Bangladesh

At least 65 thousand Rohingyans have fled Myanmar to Bangladesh, a third of them over the last week, according to the UN.

UN Human Rights Envoy, Yanghee Lee, made the announcement on Monday … at the start of a twelve day probe into the country’s violence.

Escapees in Bangladesh say the military are engaging in mass rape, murder and arson.

Rohingyans began fleeing from the North after the army launched operations in October... to search out those who attacked police border posts.


Talks to unify Cyprus underway

A United Nations envoy says reaching a deal on unifying Cyprus will be difficult but not impossible.

The update comes as Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders met in Geneva for the first in a series of meetings planned for this week, aiming to reach an agreement on unification and the creation of a power-sharing government.

If progress is made in the talks, the countries who currently guarantee Cyprus’s security - Britain, Greece and Turkey - will join in on the talks.