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Queensland Moving Towards Solar Power Energy Goals and more Zedlines

New figures confirm solar rooftops have overtaken Gladstone Power Station as Queensland’s primary power source. [Image source: Wikimedia Commons]

Energy Minister Mark Bailey has credited Premier Annastacia Palazscuk’s renewable energy policy for Queensland’s steady uptake of solar power.

Mr Bailey says Queensland currently has the most prevalent solar panel usage of any Australian state, and believes Queensland is on track to reach the target of one million solar rooftops by 2020.

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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.

 

First International blind tennis competition, and more Zedlines

Five Australians from Melbourne will travel to Spain next month to participate in the first international blind tennis competition. Image source: Pixabay

Maurice Gleeson, president of Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria, said the event is an important milestone for the sport, after previous attempts to cater the sport to blind people was unsustainable.

The sport is played in much the same way as conventional tennis, but with a yellow foam ball that makes it easier for players to hear it, as well as modified rules.

 

Translink to launch in Toowoomba

Public transport is set to improve in Toowoomba, after the announcement that Translink will launch in June.

Astronauts reach International Space Station, and more Zedlines

A Soyuz spacecraft has reached the International Space Station (ISS), completing the first two-man flight there in over a decade. Image source: Wikipedia

Russian Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and US Astronaut Jack Fischer successfully docked into the ISS, ready to begin a five-month mission alongside three astronauts already stationed there.

The crew is set to conduct several experiments in orbit, including making a Russian dairy product.

 

Community event helping fund mental health initiatives

A community event has been instrumental in providing the funds needed to support a Central Queensland program helping prevent suicide among youth.

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

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights push for Royal Commission into abuse of people with disabilities.

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights have pushed for a Royal Commission to take place into the abuse, violence and neglect of people with disabilities. After a Four Corners episode highlighted abuse and neglect towards people with disabilities in group homes the group publicly announced their push for a Royal Commission. A Senate Enquiry in 2015 delivered the recommendation that a Royal Commission is needed into the abuse of people with disabilities.

Bulgaria’s ex Prime Minister returns to power and more Zedlines

Bulgaria’s ex Prime Minister returns to power in the country with parliamentary election.

Boyjo Borisov’s centre-right party GERB is all set to bring him into power again as suggested by Sunday’s exit polls.

Opposition leader Kornelia Ninova acknowledges the defeat and says her socialist party will consider options of forming the government if the GERB party fails to do so.

 

Water our options

The World Science Festival sees almost sixteen hundred school students develop water solutions.

Trump takes aim at kitten website, and more Zedlines

The internet is expectantly full of cute animals and funny memes, but now US President Donald Trump has allegedly taken aim at a kitten website, designed by a 17-year-old girl from San Francisco. Image Source: Pixabay

Lucy created the website as a laugh while applying for developer jobs, the only thing the website offered was a chance to virtually scratch photos of Trump’s head using the paws of a kitten.

Originally called Trumpscratch, and then Kittenfeed, Lucy claims she received two threatening cease and desist letters from The Trump Organization - while Lucy complied with the letters, she said a president should not have the time or care to hire people to shut down harmless sites like hers.

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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