Thousands of regional apprentices are dropping out... and more Zedlines

Almost 2000 apprentices in regional Queensland have quit their training, as shown by figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. (Image: Pexels)

Currently, the dropout rate for Brisbane and inner-regional areas like Toowoomba are at 5%, but that figure doubles to 10% as we move further away from the capital.

According to regional economic expert Mark McGovern, young people do not feel confident in their trades because of the lack of infrastructure projects, and a general depression in the rural economy.

Cyclist killed in head on collision

A cyclist has died outside an Indooroopilly school after a head on collision with a car this morning.

A police spokesperson has said Kate Street will most likely be closed this morning, while forensic investigations continue.

Paramedics treated the victim at the scene of the accident, but the adult involved was not taken to hospital.

New study connecting asthma, hay fever and eczema

A new Australian-led study published in Nature Genetics reveals genetic risk factors to asthma, hay fever and eczema.

Doctor Manuel Ferreira says although they knew there was a connection between the diseases,"what we didn't know, was exactly where in the genome those shared genetic risk factors were located."

Researchers analysed the genomes of over 360,000 people to discover one-hundred-and-thirty-six positions in the genome that are risk factors for developing the three conditions.

Government failing in closing the gap

The Federal Government has come under attack for not consolidating Indigenous Australians before executing the closing the Gap strategy.

After a decade of falling short of improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the Federal Government is revisiting the closing the Gap strategy.

Each of the Labour states, apart from Queensland, have written to Indigenous Minister Nigel Scullion, asking for more time to consider the changes.

Victoria’s Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins says the Federal Government is trying to ‘ram through” as many changes instead of going back to basics and taking into consideration the wants and desires of the Aboriginal community.

Solar power is helping newborns in Nepal

Solar suitcases popping up at rural health centres in Nepal are being heralded as life-saving by mothers and midwives alike.

In areas where power often gets cut and access to essentials is so often limited, the backup solar power is ensuring the health centres can deliver babies safely at any time.

The solar suitcases were sourced by a charity called One Heart Worldwide, and since installation, the health centres have had no maternal or infant deaths.

Battle of Beersheba remembered 100 years on

The Battle of Beersheba has been commemorated by dignitaries and military personnel today, on its 100th anniversary.

The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader were both in attendance in Israel, along with the New Zealand Governor General, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

As part of the ceremony, members of the Australian Light Horse Association staged a re-enactment of the World War I charge.