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Thousands affected by typhoon in southern Japan

Thousands of people have been evacuated, and two have been declared missing, after a typhoon made landfall in southern Japan yesterday.

Nearly 60,000 households on the island of Kyushu have been issued with evacuation orders, as the Meteorological Agency warned of strong winds, high waves and mudslides.

The typhoon has also impacted transport, with hundreds of flight and train services being cancelled.

Queenslanders consuming too much red meat

Queenslanders are being urged to swap their meat for veggies after a new study has found that only 7 per cent of residents in the sunshine state are eating enough vegetables.

Attorney-General warns Queensland consumers about ticket resale website Viagogo

A warning has been issued by the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath to Queensland consumers to be very cautious about buying event or concert tickets from Viagogo.

There have been 49 complaints from consumers about Viagogo to the Queensland Office of Fair Trading (QOFT), with 43 of these being from the last month.

Currently Viagogo has made no attempt to resolve the issues with Queensland customers and has refused to engage with the QOFT.

In the final stages of its investigation into Viagogo, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is expected to make an announcement in the near future.

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Refugee's stories shared through children's books and more Zedlines...

Children’s books conveying positive messages about refugees, are being distributed throughout Brisbane. Image from Joint Base Langley-Eustis

The campaign behind the distribution, ‘Mums 4 Refugees’ works alongside asylum seekers to publish meaningful stories. 

Their aim is to educate communities about the struggles and the importance of refugees.

Daffodil Day set to bloom across Brisbane
Events are being held across Brisbane today to celebrate the 31st year of Daffodil Day, a day to grow hope and awareness for everyone affected by cancer.

People across the state are encouraged to participate by making a donation, wearing a pin and buying fresh daffodils.

Turtle curfew leaves holiday goers stranded on Greek Island and other Zedlines

Passengers flying on an EasyJet plane from Zante to London’s Gatwick Airport, were left stranded on the Greek Island for two days after a relief flight was cancelled, in order to protect the threatened turtle population (Image:Wikipedia).

The airline apologised to passengers, and blames the relief flight for not reaching the airport before the island’s night curfew.

The curfew was placed upon the island also known as Zakynthos, as loud noises and bright lights can disturb the endangered animals.

New housing development set to be built in Indooroopilly

A new housing development has been approved and is set to improve traffic congestion at one of Brisbane’s most popular shopping centers.

Century-old fishing reel business says goodbye

A century-old fishing reel business near Ipswich is set to close down, following a recent announcement made on its Facebook page.

Alvey Reels Australia is a family business that started in 1920, with its manufacturing facility in Carole Park having been around since 1978.

One member of the family, Bruce Alvey, said the reason behind the decision is that sales are “now so low they cannot generate the income required to keep the business going”.

Mr Alvey believes this is because their quality products are made to last and people do not need to buy them very often, as opposed to modern-day products which are of poorer quality and do not last long.

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German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon and more Zedlines

German police used a water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protest in the port city of Hamburg, where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday. (image: wikimedia)

Hundred of mainly left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

German authorities believe around 8000 demonstrators are prepared to use violence, according to the interior ministry.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and failure to tackles climate change.

German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon and more Zedlines

German police used a water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protest in the port city of Hamburg, where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday. (image: wikimedia)

Hundred of mainly left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

German authorities believe around 8000 demonstrators are prepared to use violence, according to the interior ministry.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalisation and what they say is corporate greed and failure to tackles climate change.

Language Matters

Queensland is celebrating the diverse languages and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities during NAIDOC Week.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this year’s national NAIDOC Week theme – Our Languages Matter – has special significance in Queensland.

Ms. Palaszczuk explains that languages do matter and as a result, the Queensland Government is investing $1 million to assist Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to preserve their languages, and promote reconciliation and culture.

Indigenous artists recycling fishing nets and more Zedlines

Indigenous artists in Cape York are turning abandoned fishing nets into works of art, which are being displayed in exhibits around the world. (Image: Wikimedia/Ardfern)

Thousands of nets are found on the shores of Northern Australia and are recycled into marine animals.

At the moment, nearly 30 pieces are on display in Paris and the artists hope it will raise awareness of the harm ghost nets do to the marine environment.

Program for Sunshine Coast innovation
A new program designed to link university graduates with local entrepreneurship is to be implemented on the Sunshine Coast, in an attempt to support economic growth and generate new jobs.

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Gay Marriage Could Be Legalised Sooner Than Everyone Thinks

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has been caught on a leaked tape saying that Gay marriage could be legalised “sooner than everyone thinks”.

The tape was obtained by News Corp columnist Andrew Bolt, who recounted Mr Pyne saying that the government must deliver marriage equality “before too long”.

 Mr Pyne’s comments suggested that the government may have plans to change their controversial plebiscite policy - which was rejected by the senate last year.

Logan Filmmaker wins Sydney Film Festival

Logan filmmaker Mirene Igwabi has won the Sydney Film Festival Award with her short film, Adele.

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