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Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.

 

Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.

 

Experimental military drill program to teach young students life skills

A group of Queensland students are the first inductees into an experimental program using military-style tactics to teach life skills at schools. (Image source: WikiHow).

Dressed in army fatigues, cadets from Mabel Park High School take instruction from former Air Force member and youth support coordinator Lisa Henderson in a new disciplinary program coined "Mabel Force".

This voluntary initiative mimics the Australian Defence Force and aims to equal the number of boys to girls in The Australian Army Cadets over the next ten years where it is thought girls will soon outnumber boys.

Queensland MPs, council election candidates face corruption probe over misconduct claims

Gay concentration camps open in Chechnya and more Zedlines

The nordic online publication, UpNorth, has uncovered Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov has opened the first concentration camp for sexual minorities since Hitler did so, in the 1930’s. (sourced: Novaya Gazeta)

 

Kadyrov has adopted a plan known as “the final solution of gay issue”, and with the aim of the concentration camp to “completely cleanse Chechnya from men of nontraditional sexual orientation, it is believed inmates are either killed or forced to promise to leave the republic.

Though several Russian news outlets have reported on the repression of homosexuality in Chechnya face, the Kadyrov regime has denied all repressions.

A grand Ozcare plan

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.

 

Riding the waves with lemongrass surfboards

Meeting on Redfern redevelopment plan shut down by protesters and more Zedlines

A meeting to discuss the latest redevelopment plans for the Block in Redfern has been shut down amid protests for the project, with reports one protester was assaulted. Image source: Flickr

The planned development, to build a 16-storey building to accommodate up to 500 students, has been met with unhappiness from much of the Aboriginal community, despite Chair of the Aboriginal Housing Company Alisi Tutuila stating that the plans provide an opportunity to build 62 affordable homes for Aboriginal people.

Ms Tutuila said it was disappointing that the meeting, which was due to go for 90 minutes, had to be shut down following continued protests by the audience.

Dementia costs expected to rise to one trillion a year and more zedlines

A report launched today at the Parliament House in Canberra predicts dementia will cost the Australian economy one trillion dollars per year by 2056.

The annual cost currently sits at approximately 15 billion dollars and has more than doubled in the past five years.

The  latest Economic Cost of Dementia report estimates the rate of dementia diagnosis will increase to 237 people per day, with 6.4 million Australians to be diagnosed within the next 40 years.

Queensland Lockout Laws Scrapped and more Zedlines

In local News The proposed 1am Queensland lock out laws have been scrapped and will be replaced by mandatory ID scanners in the Valley precinct. (source: wikimedia)

A 1am lockout law was set to be introduced in February for venues trading until 3 am, but Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement late yesterday afternoon after a report into the first six months of the Government’s laws to curb alcohol fuelled violence was discussed by cabinet.

The mandatory ID scanners are set to be installed by mid-2017.

Report Shows 9000 Unsafe at Home
The Queensland Government’s Child and Family Performance Statistics report has found over 9000 children are not safe in their own home.

Brisbane the most affordable city for private schooling and more Zedlines

Brisbane is the most affordable city when it comes to private schools according to new research. (image: wikimedia)

The Planning for Education Index released by The Australian Scholarship Group has forecasted the cost of private education for a child born in 2017 to be $372,037 - 24% below the national average.

Comparatively, Brisbane is the third most expensive city, behind Melbourne and Sydney, for public schooling, with the average cost being $60,135.

 

New construction proposals made to state government

Building Queensland is asking the state government to consider starting a host of new construction projects.

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

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