Nearly $400 000 worth of avocados have been stolen in California and more Zedlines...

Over a period of several months, three workers from a Californian produce company have stolen $400, 000 worth of avocados to sell on to unsuspecting customers.

The culprits had been working at the produce business for several years, over which period the business had changed its distribution flow. Customers would previously collect their avocado orders at the ripening facility, but the distribution facility recently stopped that practice and began delivering pallets of the fruit to its customers instead – at which point the thieves would pocket the money for themselves.

The business manager, Steve Barnard explained that he plans to tighten security at his facilities, however the loss of avocados were covered by insurance.

 

Housing Construction Jobs Program open for Brisbane Businesses

The Palaszczuk Government's $1.8 billion Queensland Housing Strategy, provides opportunities for local builders and tradies.

Member for Bulimba, Di Farmer said the Housing Construction Jobs program, will deliver a strong pipeline of work that will help support the residential construction industry right across the state and offer jobs for local tradies.

Ms Farmer said there were projects on offer for businesses of every size.

To find out how to be involved in this job program, there is a talk through session at the Colmslie Hotel tomorrow.

The sessions will talk about how builders and developers can partner with the government to deliver a range of housing solutions.

 

Council supporting re-use of unwanted items

The Brisbane city council encouraged residents to reuse and re-purchase old household items on the weekend, rather than throw them in the dump.

The “Trash and Treasure Trail” started and ended at tip shops and explored some of Brisbane's indie junk and retro havens along the way.

Two tip shop locations at Geebung and Acacia Ridge were the foundation of the trail.

 

One nation in support of Gonski 2.0

One nation whip Brian Burston has confirmed his party will back the $18.6billion needs-based funding legislation.

The new Gonski reform is in support of special need children allowing schools to apply for extra funding based on special need childrens requirements. 

However there are downfalls to the reform, where catholic schools are not acquired to the same amount of funding.

Catholic schools communities, the teachers' union and Labor strongly oppose the plan and are likely to try to make their arguments heard.

The government needs 39 votes to push the package through the Senate, with debate of the issue scheduled for Wednesday.

 

Miles Franklin Literary Award

The 2017 Miles Franklin literary award shortlist has been announced, featuring five first-time nominees.

Richard Neville, the Mitchell librarian at the State Library of NSW, says the shortlist celebrates the diversity of voices and approaches to writing about Australian life.

The award recognises stories of women, outsiders, ageing, and satire, and comes with a $60,000 prize.

 

Cuban government criticises Trump’s hostile rhetoric.

The Cuban government criticises Donald Trump’s new restrictions on US ties to the country, referring to it as “hostile rhetoric”. 

The government officially denounces the new measures which seek to toughen to existed embargo, which has been in place since 1962.

Cuba does, however, remain willing to continue the respectful dialogue and cooperation which has been ongoing since 2015 when the push for restoring US-Cuban relations began under the Obama administration.