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Russia barred from 2018 Winter Olympic Games and more Zedlines

Russia’s Olympic team has been banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea due to a doping scandal. (Photo:Wikipedia)

This comes after alleged widespread doping during the 2014 Sochi Games.

The International Olympic Committee announced yesterday stating they would allow Russian’s to compete as neutral individuals under strict conditions, and are required to wear uniforms bearing ‘Olympic Athlete from Russia.’

IOC president Thomas Bach feels as though this was an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games.

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Common drug found to stop skin cancers and more Zedline

Queensland researchers have found regular use of certain common anti-inflammatory drugs, to be the key to stop skin cancers from turning into deadly ulcerated melanomas.

 

Aspirin, ibuprofen and statins, a popular cholesterol lowering drug, are among those found to lower the risk of the condition.

 

Lead researcher Lena von Schuckmann said although the findings were really exciting, furthers studies are required.

 

Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Chris McMillian applauds the finding, and also advised everyone to visit a GP if any changes on the skin is detected.

 

Streamlining of barking dog complaint process

 

Migrant workers forced out of Beijing

The Chinese government have begun forcing migrant workers out of the capital city Beijing. Image source: Flikr/Matt Ming

The government says the move is due to safety concerns after deaths in migrant settlements, however migrants say it is to reduce the population size.

 

Last year the Chinese government announced their plan to cap the population of Beijing to 23 million cutting the numbers of six main districts by 15%.

 

Queensland's first communications cable on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine coast has called for expressions of interest from the private sector in building a new one billion dollar communications cable.

 

Calls for indigenous voices in parliament and more Zedlines

Politician Linda Burney has spoken out against a decision by Malcolm Turnbull to axe the idea of an indigenous voice in parliament. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

In October, proponents pushed for an advisory role for an indigenous representative in parliament, which Malcolm Turnbull dismissed, claiming it was unequal for the indigenous to have a direct say.

 

Linda Burney spoke to ABC radio on Sunday morning, saying she was appalled with the Turnbull government and their definition of equality.

 

Protests in support for sentenced activists in Brisbane 

Pine Gap Peace Pilgrims reflect on their trial in Alice Springs

One of the 6 Pine Gap Peace Pilgrims reflects on their court case in Alice Springs, after they were found guilty of trespassing on the Pine Gap defence facility.

 

 

 

Emmanuel College Scandal

Last week students from the University of Queensland’s residential hall Emmanuel College released their 2017 Student's Club yearbook. Many were horrified to discover that students had used shocking language and comments such as “consent is nothing” and “I’d rather choke her to sleep than talk her to sleep”. This comes only 3 months after the Human Rights Commission released a report that revealed that 51% of university students were sexually assaulted or harassed in 2016.

Release of secret whaling footage after five-year legal battle and more Zedlines

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Australia has released graphic footage of a Japanese whaling operation in the Southern Ocean that the Australian Government refused to make public.

The footage which was shot by Australian Customs personnel in 2008 has only now been released, following a five-year Freedom of Information battle, during which the Australian Government expressed concerns that the media release would harm diplomatic relations with Japan.

Sea Shepherd Australia’s Managing Director Jeff Hansen hopes the release of the footage will get more people to support an end to whaling, and result in stronger political pressure for Japan to be taken to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.

Hong Kong government vending machines to ditch small plastic water bottles...and more zedlines

Image source: Wikimedia Vending machines on government grounds in Hong Kong will stop selling water in bottles under one litre from February.

Announcing the plan on Thursday, the country’s environment minister says the administration is committed to setting a green example.

However the policy will not apply to any drinks other than water.

The policy, coming into effect on February 20, will cover all government-run sports complexes, performance venues, offices, urban parks, country parks, car parks, transport interchanges and ferry piers.

There are more than 1,130 vending machines set up at government venues across the city.

Over 300 remain in Manus Island detention centre and more zedlines

Papua New Guinean paramilitary forces made a forceful attempt yesterday to remove the remaining Manus Island refugees, destroying property and food in the process. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Reports from Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian-born journalist detained at Manus Island, revealed the police have ‘ransacked’ the centre, and they are ‘under attack’.

Video footage from the incursion show Papua New Guinean police using metal batons to beat refugees as they corral them onto busses.

This followed after promises from the PNG government no force would be used.

While the detention centre officially closed on October 30, over 300 detainees are refusing to move into the nearby town of Lorengau because of safety fears.

Queensland top 10 in deforestation... and more Zedlines

A new report shows Queensland is one of the largest deforesters in the world. (Image: WIkimedia commons)

The Queensland Department of Science shows 395,000 hectares of land has been cleared in the state over the past two years.

Ahead of the election, Labor has promised to re-enact environmental protections, while the LNP plans to let deforestation continue at current rates.

Labor are underdogs, according to Premier

Queensland premier Anastasia Palaszczuk is claiming an ‘underdog status’ for the Queensland election, despite polls suggesting Labor is leading.

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