Economic Issues

Brisbane to breed entrepreneurs and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host entrepreneur training aiming to inspire and train the next wave of Queensland’s enterprise hopefuls. Source Wikimedia.

The workshop will be lead by Globetrotting adventurer and Best Job in the World winner Ben Southall who has teamed up with Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to create the ‘Venturer’ program.

The program kicks off today in The Precinct in Fortitude Valley and will be based there one day a week.

Cyclone Debbie will now make landfall at 2pm and more updates

The North Queensland coast is being lashed by destructive winds and heavy rain as Tropical Cyclone Debbie approaches.

Malaria vaccine breakthrough by Griffith University and more zedlines

World’s first anti-malaria vaccine developed at Griffith University. Image Source: Wikimedia/Hugo A. Quintero G.

The vaccine developed by researchers at Griffith University and Gold Coast University Hospital has tested safe for humans to take and is subject to further research.

The groundbreaking research vaccine is being considered to be used in countries where malaria is an endemic problem. The disease affects half of the world’s population.

 

M1 Motorway upgrade to start later this year

A funding agreement for the M1 Motorway upgrade has been reached.

Residents warned ahead of cyclone Debbie and more zedlines

Evacuation of high flood risk regions has been ordered in north Queensland as Cyclone Debbie intensifies. Image Source: Wikipedia/Suomi NPP Satellite

Hundreds have been evacuated from Burdekin and the Whitsundays and Regional Council Mayor Andrew Wilcox said those unable to leave should seek shelter with friends and family in ‘high, dry places.’

A shelter is operating in Bowen, but only has a capacity of 800. The Category II cyclone is expected to be upgraded to a Category IV system before making landfall tomorrow.

 

Boom gate collision rates concerns Queensland rail

High level crossing collision rates for Queensland rail.

Lord Mayor Quirk wants higher buildings and more Zedlines...

Lord Mayor Quirk, is calling for aviation authorities to relax the tough restrictions, currently limiting Brisbane’s CBD buildings to two-hundred and seventy-four metres.

 
Quirk says the limit has the potential to stifle economic activity and is calling for a relaxation of the restrictions to the tune of 300 metres.

The Brisbane Skytower, currently under construction on Margaret Street, will be the first to meet the two-hundred and 74-metre ceiling.

 

Unpaid tolls, failing to vote: How Queenslanders racked up $1.18 billion debt

Fined Queenslanders are assisting the State Penalties Enforcement Registry by inadvertently assisting in the debt that amounted to $1.18 dollars.

How hard is it to strike in Australia?

Newly appointed Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) secretary Sally McManus told the ABC’s 7:30 program last week that she did not have a problem with workers breaking the law when those laws are unjust.

Criticism of the comments was swift from the business sector, conservative politicians, and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten later distancing himself and the Labor party from McManus’ words.

Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild stitching for a good cause and more Zedlines

The Brisbane Modern Quilt Guild is quilting for a cause donating quilts to domestic violence women's shelters. (Image:Flickr)

The group has set up stall at the four day expo intocraft LIVE at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre this week where they will sell raffle tickets to fund the charitable quilt making.

The group donated around 30 quilts last year, a number they hope to match in 2017.

Stay-at-home dad turn Miami film fest winner
A stay at home dad has left his name in lights after winning big at the prestigious Miami film festival.

Norway named the world’s happiest country and more Zedlines

A chilly climate isn’t keeping Norway from basking in the glow of being named the world’s happiest country yesterday. (Source: Flickr - Ronel Reyes)

The Scandinavian country has taken out the top spot ahead of Nordic neighbours Denmark and Iceland according to the 2017 UN World Happiness Report

Australia tied with Sweden for ninth position behind perennial rival New Zealand.

Python undergoes radiation

Three-year-old carpet python Lucas is said to be second ever reptile to undergo radiation treatment in Australia after beginning on Friday.

Brutal drug war in Philippines to continue and more zedlines

Philippines president unfeigned by a prospective International Criminal Court trial over his anti-drug war. Image Source: Flickr/VOCAL-NY

The country’s president Rodrigo Duterte said he will not be intimidated over an ICC trial to stop his "brutal" campaign against drugs after the campaign having claimed more than 8000 lives.

A former self proclaimed assassin from the Death Squad under the leader’s mayorship in Davot city has testified against him before the Philippine Senate and plans to file a case at the ICC.

Duterte has ordered the police force to shoot the suspects if in danger. He said he wants to see the criminals die rather than losing the security forces.

 

High-thrust rocket test by North Korea and more zedlines.

New high-thrust rocket engine test undertaken by North Korea. Image Source: Wikimedia/Sungwon Baik

The Korean Central News Agency reported the test was to confirm the prototypes reliability and structural safety, and the new engine will be used in country’s peaceful space programme.

The test coincides with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is touring Asia primarily discussing concerns over how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear initiative.

US officials remain skeptical that the space programme is solely for peaceful use.

 

Support for Toowoomba high school for World Science Festival

Disability care still in a puddle after a year and more Zedlines

Poor disability care services leads the state government to be called on by agencies. Image Source: Pexels

A year since the warning of ‘‘catastrophic outcomes’’ from substandard disability care report by Queensland’s Office of the Public Advocate has urged the Palaszczuk government to take tough initiatives as nothing has changed.

Under-reporting of mostly preventable deaths in the disability health care services has provoked the organisations to appeal the state government to implement strategies to fix the services federally as well as the private sector.

 

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