Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.

 

QLD wildlife’s small chance of making it back to the wild

Native animals brought to wildlife hospitals for treatment only have a 25% chance of being released back into the wild, according to the RSPCA.

The RSPCA hospital in Wacol, since March last year, was only able to release 81 of the 323 koalas brought for treatment, with most of the remaining koalas put down. At the National Parks and Wildlife Service's animal hospital at Moggill, only 33 of 432 koalas were released.

It comes after a report by the Queensland government found existing measures to protect koalas had done little to protect koala habitats since 2008.

 

Iranians vote in Brisbane

Brisbane-based Iranians will be voting in the 2017 presidential election taking place in Iran today.

Hundreds are expected to gather to vote as current president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, goes head-to-head with conservative opposition leader, Ebrahim Raisi.

President Rouhani is believed to be the frontrunner but the opposition has used the lack of economic growth since the 2015 nuclear agreement deal with the US as a strong campaign opening.

The election could mark the fate of the deal, as Ebrahim Raisi claimed president Rouhani put too much trust in the West.

 

Email scamming on the rise for small businesses

An Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report has revealed that reported online business scams was up by 30% in 2016.

The ACCC Scamwatch program has released new data reporting the amount of loss from online scams across the nation adds up to around $300 million.

Brisbane City Council lost more than $450 million last year alone to several fake invoices received.

ACCC Deputy Chairman Michael Schaper said small businesses make for easy targets due to an online presence providing scammers with their email details, with losses not being covered by insurance in most cases as the banks are not to blame for the transfer of funds.

 

Soundgarden pioneer Chris Cornell passes away

Tributes are flowing in from around the world, after 52-year-old Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman, Chris Cornell passed away last night after an apparent suicide.

The news came shortly after his last performance with Soundgarden at the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Cornell was a leader in the Seattle grunge movement and was highly respected in the music industry as both a talented musician and a skilled songwriter; alongside releasing a plethora of band and solo albums, Cornell also collaborated on a number of film soundtracks including the James Bond theme song for 2006’s Casino Royale film, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

Anyone seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or beyondblue.

 

Japanese Princess to lose royal status

The eldest grandchild of Emperor Akihito of Japan, Princess Mako, is set to lose her royal status and become a “commoner”, after Japanese media reported she will marry a former university classmate.

The news has sparked debate over the nation’s controversial male-only succession laws, and whether to allow women to remain in the royal family after marriage.

It comes with the expected approval of a bill to allow Akihito to step down, the first abdication by a Japanese emperor in nearly two centuries, after fears his age would make it hard to fulfil his duties.