Global gender equality not expected for another century

According to the World Economic Forum (WEF) to will take 100 years to close the gender inequality gap at the current rate. (Image from: Pixabay)

The WEF report has ranked 144 countries on their gender equality, through education, health, political participation and economical opportunities.

The 2017 report shows the gap has worsened since last year, and if efforts aren’t improved it will take a century to close the gap globally.

Women in Scandinavian countries have achieved the highest overall rankings, while women in the Middle East and North Africa held the lowest gender equality scores.


Activists call for humane treatment of Manus refugees

Protesters will rally in Brisbane tonight to oppose the government’s treatment of refugees on Manus Island.

The Refugee Action Collective said the government has cut food, water, electricity and medical aide, and are trying to force the detainees into camps where they don’t feel safe.

The rally will take place in King George Square at six P-M, to be followed by a march through the city.


Labor promises millions to train young jobless

The Palaszczuk Government’s Skilling Queensland program would be extended for another three years should the Labor return to power, to help address rising youth unemployment.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has pledged to extend the program at a cost of 180 million.

She said the program provides people with the skills they need to get into work, and helps tackle high youth unemployment rates across regional areas.

The State Government added the program has currently helped 11,000 Queenslanders get a job in the current term.


Personal data published in data breach

The personal details of up to 50,000 Australians have been posted online by an unidentified contractor, in one of the biggest data breaches to date.

A Polish security researcher discovered the breach, finding almost 25,000 credit card transactions of staff at insurer AMP.

The Finance Department, the Australian Electoral Commission and the National Disability Insurance Agency have also been compromised.

An AMP spokesman said a, "limited amount of company data related to internal staff expenses was inadvertently stored in a publicly available cloud service", but "no customer data was compromised."


Israel to train Australian forces in counter-terror tactics

Malcolm Turnbull has announced Australia’s police, paramedics, firefighters and Defense personnel will study new methods of counterterrorism from Israeli experts as part of a new program for protecting high-density areas.

The announcement was made during Turnbull’s visit to Israel for the Battle of Beersheba centenary.

Australian emergency services and border officials will travel to Israel for training in crowd protection techniques.

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will be sent to the country to learn how to better screen passengers and air cargo.


Day of the Dead: Mexicans gather in traditional celebration

Over the past two days, people have gathered in cemeteries across Mexico to remember their deceased loved ones as part of an annual celebration of the dead.

According to Mexican tradition, heaven opens on the 1st and 2nd of November, allowing souls to return to earth.

Born from a mix of Spanish Catholic and pre-Columbian traditions, the colourful and ancient celebration saw Mexicans entice their lost loved ones with food, drink, toys and floral decorations.

Many believe the event represents a uniquely Mexican view of death.