Yemen: more children will die because of port closures... and more Zedlines

The united Nations say the mortality rate of children in Yemen is set to get even worse. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

All humanitarian operations have ceased in Yemen due to Saudi Arabia’s closing of every air and sea port in the country.

Aid agencies and UN officials say the closure of the air and sea ports is catastrophic and may cost the lives of thousands of malnourished children.

A spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville says he hopes these orders are reversed immediately.

LNP dodging key questions on money

On the campaign trail, opposition leader Tim Nicholls has not been telling voters how his party will fund more than $2 billion worth of promises to Queenslanders.

While in Bundaberg yesterday, the opposition leader made an announcement on energy, but was unable to tell attendees any details on the cost to the state.

Instead, Nicholls says they won’t reveal that information until 48 hours before polls open.

LNP costings are currently being reviewed by a local accounting firm.

Roadhouse owners funding town's mobile tower

Two roadhouse owners in the small town of Archer River, Cape York, are taking the lead when it comes to mobile service in their town.

Brad Allen and Hugh Atherton are paying more than $20,000 to build a mobile phone tower in town, so residents and the roadhouse aren’t cut off.

Archer River has been in need of quality communications services for a long time, because the roadhouse landline is their only connection to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

It is expected the tower will be under construction once the dry season begins in six months.

Hobart Airport chopper crash

Hobart airport has returned to its normal operations following a helicopter crash yesterday afternoon.

A 57-year-old man was killed and a 33-year-old man is seriously injured but in a stable condition at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

The helicopter was on a training flight when it crashed near the runway.

Recall on popular makeup

A popular makeup product has been recalled across Australia and online stores.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission fears batches of Benefit’s Gimme Brow volumising makeup sold between January and October 26th, may contain bacterial contamination.

The product was sold at Myer, Sephora and Amuse Beauty Studio, as well as online stores including Princess Polly, Adore Beauty and Skincare Store.

Customers are advised to not use this product as bacteria can cause irritation to the eyes, however, it won’t affect the eyebrows or skin.

Campaign against orphanage tourism builds

In response to campaigns against orphanage tourism, the ‘voluntourism’ company Projects Abroad is cutting ties with all overseas orphanages.

The decision is a response to new research, showing the orphanages are becoming an industry for profit, and many children do in fact have living family members.

Orphanages which were becoming child-trafficking centres were also a concern, but the company is confident they were not working with organisations involved in exploitation.