Norway named the world’s happiest country and more Zedlines

A chilly climate isn’t keeping Norway from basking in the glow of being named the world’s happiest country yesterday. (Source: Flickr - Ronel Reyes)

The Scandinavian country has taken out the top spot ahead of Nordic neighbours Denmark and Iceland according to the 2017 UN World Happiness Report

Australia tied with Sweden for ninth position behind perennial rival New Zealand.

Python undergoes radiation

Three-year-old carpet python Lucas is said to be second ever reptile to undergo radiation treatment in Australia after beginning on Friday.

A Jindalee vet removed the cancerous tumour from behind the snake’s eye previously, however Lucas is now cared for at the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre undergoing daily treatment.

The Animal Hospital treats many dog and cat cancer patients each day with the Linear Accelerator, and have now treated over 1000 radiation treatment patients since commencing in 2007.

Crunch time for Kingaroy peanut farmers

As Queensland sweltered through the hottest summer on record, many peanut farmers have been left with little-to-no soil moisture for planting.

Many South Burnett peanut farmers are facing a tough season after experiencing the driest February on record, with most peanut plants producing five to six peanuts compared to the usual 25 to 30 per plant.

This weeks rainfall has been warmly welcomed by the farmers, however they now face the decision on whether to harvest the few peanuts they have now or wait for the new plants to develop, running the high risk of losing it all to frost.

Community sector leaders urge Senate cross bench to not back down

Leaders in the community sector are urging crossbench senators to oppose the government’s Omnibus Bill currently before the Senate, which includes $5.6 billion in social security cuts.

If it goes ahead, the Bill will cut support for millions of low-income earners, the community sector says.

The social security cuts in the Bill will likely affect single parents, carers, people will disabilities, age pensioners and the unemployed.

Obesity causing cancer

The link between obesity and cancer is probably higher than you think.

Commonly been linked to a number of diseases, such as heart disease and musculoskeletal condition, scientists are saying increased levels of insulin and leptin which are found in obese people are promoting cancer cells and causing cancer risks to be even higher.

Today, almost two in every three Australian adults are overweight or obese along with one in four children.

World Bank disburses another $1 billion loan to Egypt 

On Monday the World Bank disbursed an additional $1 billion in financial assistance to Egypt.

Since a political upheaval following a revolt in 2011, Egypt has negotiated billions of dollars from multiple lenders to help revive the economy and ease the dollar shortage that has crippled the country’s imports.

This is the second billion out of a $3 billion loan program.