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Heatwave hits state and more zedlines...

Thunderstorms are anticipated, followed by an extreme heatwave in Sunshine Coast and Darlings Downs as temperatures reach the high 30s in some areas this weekend. Photo from Flickr.

A high pressure system is stationed off the east coast and is set to send the mercury up to midsummer levels on what should be a spring day, with daytime maximums up to 10 degrees above average.

Forecasters have warned of 90 kilometre an hour winds across the Gympie region, which thunderstorms are threatening for this afternoon and evening, with a 70% chance of rain today.

Maximum weekend temperatures include 38 on Sunday in Roma, Gatton, Ipswich, and Emerald, and the mid 30s in Nambour, Warwick, Rockhampton, and Gympie.

Australia's Response to Rohingya Crisis

Aung San Suu Kyi is expected to speak today on the Rohingya crisis and UN general secretary Antonio Guterres says it is her last chance to change Myanmar’s history and save her reputation as a leader. UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is threatening “action” if she does not act to help the Rohingya. The last few months have seen a fierce escalation in the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, with thousands fleeing what the United Nations has called an ethnic cleansing.

New government plans remove protections for marine life

The Federal Government’s new plans for 44 marine parks have left conservationist groups outraged.

Under the Government’s proposed developments, more areas will be opened for commercial fishing and protection zones will be downgraded to allow for more trawling operations.

Environmentalist Michelle Grady says these proposed changes are completely contrary to public consultation and the removal of our current marine protections would constitute world first.

The Government says that these allegations are false and that these new plans have considered both biodiversity and local industries.

 

Qantas set to fly global entrepreneurs to Brisbane

CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER CLEARED TO RUN A CHILDCARE BUSINESS

A convicted sex offender who has faced allegations of domestic violence from two ex-partners and one of his children has been cleared to run a childcare business.

The man, who 4ZZZ cannot name for legal reasons, failed a working with children check after a two month period in 1982 saw him commit various offences against women when he was still a teenager.

The court found that the man, who has since become a successful businessman, was no longer a risk to children.

SURGE IN ICE USE IN BRISBANE

The number of ice addicts seeking treatment in Brisbane has increased dramatically.

Blazes burning on in New South Wales and more zedlines...

New South Wales is still feeling the heat, with 70 bushfires still burning and 20 out of control. Photo from Flickr.

Residents have been warned to prepare their homes and have a fire plan until the situation resolves.

Dry weather and high winds have caused higher fire dangers but conditions are expected to improve on the weekend, allowing firefighters to start controlled burn offs, before declining again on Monday.

Children lacking swimming skills at risk

Ahead of the Surf Life Saving Queensland annual Coast Safe report, the organisation is addressing the decline in school-aged children with basic swimming skills as the ‘greatest challenge’.

Asylum seekers face detention in PNG and more zedlines...

Asylum seekers in Manus Island detention centre may face indefinite detention in Papua New Guinea. Photo from Flickr.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said approximately 200 men, who have been found "not to be refugees", will be moved to an alternative detention centre.

This comes after the PNG Supreme Court ruled to close the detention centre, stating it is against the country’s constitution.

The detention centre is due to close on October 31st.

Chermside building fire

Residents of a Chermside building were forced to evacuate overnight due to a fire in one of its units.

Flames first broke out on Thursday afternoon and were extinguished.

World First Breakthrough Involving ‘IVF’ for Coral Reefs and More Zedlines...

Professor Peter Harrison from Southern Cross University has recently been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research in order to release coral larvae in the Philippines, and reestablish a breeding population. (Image source: Wikimedia)

It is essentially a form of ‘coral IVF’.

When Coral spawn in its natural environment, factors such as currents, winds and waves make clouds of eggs and sperm float in every direction, causing larvae to drift from reefs and die.

This IVF process takes out the uncertainty of the elements, and could one day become the answer to mass coral bleaching in places such as the Great Barrier Reef.

Chemical-Free Produce Store Reviving Region

3D Printing gives man new shinbone and more zedlines...

Reuben Lichter has become the first person in the world to have a 3D printed shinbone transplanted into his leg. Image: wikimedia

Princess Alexandra Hospital has hailed this as a world-first surgery, in which five operations have been undertaken over the past six months.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said the procedure was at the outer limits of possible reconstructive surgery, and was a world-first for Queensland.

‘Yes’ protest ends in violent conflict with ‘no’ group

A marriage equality protest has ended in violence, with at least one person injured and another arrested.

Removal of deadly cladding from hospital and more Zedlines...

The Queensland government is not ruling out the prospects of compensating a hospital after potentially deadly cladding was found within the hospital’s premises. (Image source: Pexels)

Over 20,000 square metres of cladding will be removed from the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Public Works Minister, Mick de Brennin, said the government's first focus is removing and replacing the cladding from the hospital, but, he did not rule out compensating the hospital.

Neighbourhood planning feud closer to resolution

The neighbourhood planning issues of Upper Kedron are slightly closer to resolution, with Brisbane City Council sending a revised plan for review to the state government.

UQ RESEARCHERS FIGHTING FOR ALLERGIES

The University of Queensland researchers are one step closer to developing new medicines for treating inflammatory diseases and allergies.

The team of UQ researchers have built molecular switches that can control the immune response to many common allergens including asthma, eczema and dermatitis.

The molecular switch that researchers have developed turns off an important protein on the surface of human immune cells that controls how our immune system responds to allergens.

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