The end of HIV transmission in Australia and more Zedlines...

Australia could be the first nation in the world to successfully end HIV transmission with only $32.5 million of additional government funding per year.

A new strategy proposed by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation explains the plan would prevent thousands of people from contracting the virus but would also offer $2 billion of savings to the federal government’s budget in the long-term.

The HIV Blueprint is set to be presented to federal MPs this week and offers a strategy to prevent more than 2000 transmissions over a three year period through improved prevention, testing and treatment programs.

The Blueprint plan calls for investment in new national education programs, contemporary marketing and presentation of the once-a-day HIV prevention pill, the promotion of rapid testing and self-testing, and an updated media campaign encouraging safe sex among travelling Australians.

 

Logan in in the midst of a construction frenzy

Flagstone, a once quiet suburb fifty kilometers south of Brisbane City, is now being transformed into a busy neighbourhood with a skyrocketing population.

Logan city mayor, Luke Smith says Flagstone is expected to cater for 120,000 more people within the next 20 years.

With an average of 36 house and land packages being sold each week and more than 3000 dwellings having been built over a six month period, Flagstone is receiving the highest recorded growth the city of Logan has ever seen.

With this housing inflation, infrastructure problems are expected to occur and Mt Lindsey needs reassessment to cater for the booming population.

 

Education at the Ekka

This year’s Ekka is set to offer more educational opportunities than ever before for youngsters and families with fun facts integrated into the experience.

Ekka-goers will be able to learn about Queensland’s agriculture, particularly the Lockyer Valley which is responsible for producing the majority of Australia’s winter vegetables such as sweet corn, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and pumpkins.

Lockyer Valley Regional Council Mayor, Tanya Milligan says it is vital that kids know where the food they’re eating comes from and the Ekka allows a perfect interactive educational environment.

Children will be able to learn through exciting games and fast facts and will also be able to collect activity books and colouring-in sheets to take home.

 

Teen suffers from mystery sea bugs

A 16-year-old boy has been attacked by small flesh eating sea creatures at a Brighton Beach in Melbourne over the weekend, sustaining severe bleeding from a number of small bites to his legs.

Sam Kanizay went down to the Dendy Street Beach the next day with a pool net full of meat to capture the creatures he believes are responsible and says he was shocked at how fast they devoured the meat.

No one knows what the creatures are, despite Mr Kanizay and his family calling several people including toxicity and marine experts as well as other medics around Melbourne.

Whilst most parties believe the critters are a form of sea lice, Melbourne scientists are yet to discover the species of these harmful little sea creatures.  

 

Climate change to increase weather-related deaths in Europe 50-fold

According to researchers, deaths caused by extreme weather in Europe could increase from 3,000 per year to over 150,000 by the end of the century if climate change follows its current trend.

The report, published in The Lancet Planetary Health, says heatwaves will cause the most damage, claiming roughly 99 percent of extreme weather related deaths.

Researchers say unless global warming is curbed as a matter of urgency and appropriate adaptation measures are taken, about 350 million Europeans could be exposed to harmful climate extremes on an annual basis by the end of the century.

 

China urges North Korea to stop nuclear testing

China is urging North Korea not to provoke the international community with further nuclear missile testing.

China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, says he hopes the UN security council’s new sanctions on Pyongyang will help North Korea’s leaders make the correct decision about their weapons programme.

Mr Yi says he told North Korea’s foreign minister, Ri Yong-ho, not to violate the UN decision, or provoke the international community’s goodwill by conducting missile launches or nuclear tests, and told him to remain calm in response to the UN’s sanctions.