Transgender footballer ruled ineligible by AFL and more Zedlines...

In Melbourne today, transgender player Hannah Mouncey will not be eligible for selection in the AFLW draft due to accounts of her strength, stamina and physique. (Image source: Wikimedia)

Manager of the AFL Players Association, Brett Murphy, said "Whilst Hannah was provided with the opportunity to discuss her application with the AFL, the AFLPA believes there should have been clear guidelines available for transgender players wishing to enter the AFLW draft this year."

The decision by AFL is only for the 2018 draft and reported she can nominate for future registration in other Australian football competitions.

User complaints rise against NBN

Customers from the National Broadband Network (NBN) are protesting in record numbers after expressing their dissatisfaction with their service.

Complaints have increased from 160%, including 27,000 reports which were lodged to the Telecommunications industry Ombudsman (TIO) in the last year.

Ombudsman spokesperson Judi Jones said “it’s a worrying sign,” as complaints about NBN reported to the TIO quadruped.

Qld govt invests $1.3m to combat flu

The Queensland government is investing $1.3 million to assist with classifying influenza and infections faster in order to combat future flu seasons.

A summit will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday over the issue,

52,000 flu cases were confirmed across the state, of these cases, 5500 people were hospitalised.

Health Minister Cameron Dick announced the funding package will provide $600,000 for a quick point-of-care testing and a further $700,000 for automated blood culture machines.

Victoria announces a plastic bag ban plan

Victoria has announced the ban of single use lightweight plastic bags, bringing the state in line with the rest of Australia.

According to Environmental Minister, Lily D’Ambrosio, the government will consult with businesses to figure out a plan in order to implement the ban effectively.

Spokesperson Robert Skehan from Plastic Bag Free Victoria remains optimistic but said, "When the legislation actually gets onto the floor of the Parliament and gets passed ... we'll be far more excited, because these announcements have been made in the past and nothing has happened."

Rio Tinto and others charged with fraud over Mozambique coal

Rio Tinto and its former bosses have been charged with fraud by US authorities for allegedly attempting to cover up multi-billion-dollar losses on an African coal investment.

These fraud charges come after an alleged failure to follow accounting standards and hide or delay disclosure of the mounting losses.

“They tried to save their own careers at the expense of investors by hiding the truth,” said Steven Perkin, the SEC’S co-director of enforcement.

Are volcanic eruptions the reason for war in ancient Egypt?

Distant volcanic eruptions may have indirectly prompted a series of revolts by the people of ancient Egypt against their overlords.

The eruptions took place between 305 to 30 BC and may have altered the climate enough to reduce the annual Nile flooding, resulting in crop failure.

Research shows there is a correlation between the dates of ancient volcanic eruptions, lower-than-usual Nile flows and periods of civil unrest in Egypt.