Animals

Guide Dog Brogan Records 300th Flight

An Australian guide dog, Brogan, is believed to be Australia’s most-travelled guide dog, and on Monday he recorded his 300th flight. (Photo Source: New Daily)

Cancer Council Offers Free Wigs to Cancer Patients
The cancer council is offering free wigs and turbans to Brisbane women and girls undergoing cancer treatment.

Cancer council CEO Chris McMillian says that offering this service is a way of showing support for the distressing side-effect of cancer treatment.

The wig and turban service is a part of the practical support services offered by the cancer council, which also offers counselling and accommodation assistance.

Vodka is an Antidote for Antifreeze in Animals

Vodka has helped save the life of a Queensland tomcat.

The cat was found near a tyre store in Lowood, west of Brisbane, and was believed to have ingested the toxic agent antifreeze.

 

He was rushed to the nearby RSPCA animal hospital where he was given vodka, which is the common antidote for antifreeze.

He has now received the nickname ‘Tipsy’.

 

Brisbane Youth Detention Center Thrust into Spotlight Following Report

NSW mega-piggery plans get shut down and more Zedlines...

Controversial plans for a large scale piggery in southern New South Wales have been shut down amidst environmental concerns.

Regional New South Wales operation, Blantyre Farms, applied to build a new $12 million piggery with the capacity to hold 25,000 animals near Harden but Hilltops Council have formally rejected the application following a public forum where over 40 people spoke for and against the development.

Council administrator Wendy Tuckerman said she had no option but to reject it, and mentioned the council are not legally bound to continue with the plans because the general terms of agreement were not approved by state agencies.

Get on your bike Sydney! And more Zedlines...

Sydney has finally followed in the footsteps of other capital city counterparts and organised the first bike share system with a total of 160 red bikes cropping up across town ready for public use.

The rideshare system was purchased by local mortgage broker Donald Tang, after he sought out a more convenient way to travel to meetings in the city with patrons being able to access an app to both unlock and lock the bike wherever they wish to ride it and pay for it.

Similar ride-sharing operations are available in London, Paris, Amsterdam and Beijing but University of Technology transport researcher Michelle Zeibots said the scheme has had less success in Australia partly due to our strict helmet regulations.

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

Brisbane bus drivers to go on strike next week and more zedlines

Brisbane City Council bus drivers are set to go on strike next week in response to prolonged negotiations over a new enterprise agreement. Picture source: Flickr.

The strike will go for two hours on two mornings of next week, from 4:30am to 6:30am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Rail Tram and Bus Union said the majority of council drivers voted for protected industrial action.

According to the union, drivers are striking over shift-work requirements and workplace health and safety provisions, particularly since the murder of Brisbane City Council bus driver Manmeet Alisher last October while he was on shift.

Adani failing to protect black-throated finch

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.

Chemicals Causing Fish to Display Feminised Traits

According to research in London, chemicals flushed down household drains have caused one-fifth of male fish to display feminised traits.

Professor Charles Tyler, of the University of Exeter, explained the fish have experienced reduced sperm quality and are less likely to show aggressive behaviour.

The findings of the research suggest the chemicals causing these changes include ingredients from contraceptive pills and cleaning products.

 

Supporting Streakers and more Zedlines...

A Melbourne pub is planning a gig to support streakers who were fined at a Reclink Community Cup event late last month.

Community Cup is an annual football match that began in Melbourne 24 years ago whereby local musicians faced off against community radio broadcasters. However, with the event comes a tradition of nudie runs.

The actions of Victoria Police have angered a lot of people who argue they undermine the traditions of a long-running community event.

The Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood plans on hosting bands on July 12, and the streakers will be paid for their “performances” on the night.

 

 

 

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