Natural Disaster

22 refugees discovered dead crossing the Mediterranean and more Zedlines

Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee discovered a rubber life boat containing the bodies of 22 refugees while patrolling the Mediterranean. Image Source: CAFOD Photo Library

22 refugees discovered dead crossing the Mediterranean

Doctors Without Borders and SOS Mediterranee discovered a rubber life boat containing the bodies of 22 refugees while patrolling the Mediterranean.

MSF said the dinghy, containing 21 dead women and 1 dead man had been attempting to cross over into Europe via Italy when the rescue ship found them.

Since 2014, over ten thousand migrants have died or been lost at sea on the voyage to Europe, according to the UNHCR.

Miller says she will refer Springborg to police and more Zedlines...

The inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre has shown that former health minister Lawrence Springborg said the centre was under review in an estimates hearing days after he decided to close it. Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller says she will refer former opposition leader Lawrence Springborg to the police over these allegations. Source: News.com.au

Miller says she will refer Springborg to police

The inquiry into the closure of the Barrett Adolescent Centre has shown that former health minister Lawrence Springborg said the centre was under review in an estimates hearing days after he decided to close it.

Labor MP Jo-Ann Miller said she will refer former opposition leader Lawrence Springborg to the police over these allegations.

Miller said that Springborg told untruths to the estimates committee and will be writing to the authorities over what she believes is a breach of the criminal code.

Start-up weekend to spark Indigenous business and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host Australia’s first Indigenous Start-Up Weekend to spark interest in Indigenous business. (Image source: Wikipedia)

 

Start-up weekend to spark Indigenous business

Brisbane is set to host Australia’s first Indigenous Start-Up Weekend to encourage and teach young Indigenous people about the process of starting a business.

Founder Dean Foley, a Kamilaroi man, wants Indigenous people to see what business possibilities are out there and get them involved in the start-up community.

Mr Foley said the weekend is about working together for economic independence and taking those skills back to the community.

 

Unregistered guns in QLD and more Zedlines

Figures retrieved from Fairfax Media reveal there are nearly 200,000 registered gun owners in Queensland sharing 800,000 weapons, but according to Professor Grantham, the real problem is the many that are unregistered. Image: Wikicommons

Unregistered guns in QLD

Figures retrieved from Fairfax Media reveal there are nearly 200,000 registered gun owners in Queensland sharing 800,000 weapons, but according to Professor Grantham, the real problem is the many that are unregistered.

At the end of the last financial year, only 143 of the 184,000 gun licencees in Queensland were found to not meet gun license requirements.

Moreton Bay net-free zone consultations and more Zedlines...

Moreton Bay net-free zone consultations

Moreton Bay net-free zone consultations

The Queensland Government will begin consultations to establish a commercial net-free zone in Moreton Bay, after such zones were set up in the North of the state.

The presence of gill nets in Moreton Bay is likely to be a major talking point, since gill nets are believed to contribute to the depletion of local fishing supplies.

Recreational fishing lobby Sunfish is requesting the removal of gill nets from the region.

Such zones have already been set up in Cairns, Mackay and the Capricorn Coast.

Convictions in Indigenous killing

Two men have been charged over the death of an indigenous woman that went unresolved for over 5 years (source: wikimedia)

Government buys farm to protect the reef

The Queensland Government recently purchased a Cape York cattle station in an attempt to stop sediment and pollution flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.

Environmental activists and field officials commended the move, stating it will be positive for reef conservation and the economy.

This follows a report on Tuesday that announced Queensland could see a potential loss of 1 billion dollars a year from foreign tourism if the reef continues to be destroyed.

 

Rome votes in first female mayor and more Zedlines

Rome has elected its first female mayor in it’s two thousand year history (image source: Flickr)

Asbestos concerns on the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast authorities are investigating whether residents have been exposed to asbestos in the wake of the storm system that tore through the city on Sunday night.

Roofs were torn off and strewn all over streets in Mooloolaba, and Inspector Matt Wilson from the Police District says his team is investigating whether or not there was asbestos in any of the roofs.

Fiona Simpson, member for Maroochydore says she understands there is a genuine concern.

QLD Youth Law amendments passed

Religious education under review after programs attempt to convert children - and more Zedlines

Windsor State School principal believes lesson materials solicit children to become Christian. (Source: wikimedia.org)

Religious education under review

Religious education in Queensland state schools will be reviewed after a Brisbane principal raised concerns religious programs were attempting to convert children.

Windsor State School principal Matthew Keong said lesson materials often go beyond imparting knowledge of biblical references, and solicit children to become Christian.

Education Minister Kate Jones said the materials in question will be reviewed according to the Department of Education policies.

 

NATO launches biggest military exercise since the Cold War

NATO launches biggest military exercise since the Cold War, Brisbane City Council rejects bid to ban street preachers and more Zedlines

CSIRO to develop climate app to assist livestock producers

Meat and Livestock Australia is funding a CSIRO research project to develop an app to convert climate information into pasture growth.

 

This app will be designed to assist farmers in making decisions about livestock management.

 

CSIRO climate scientist Jaclyn Brown says developing an app to help livestock producers plan for decisions in all circumstances is a worthwhile investment.

 

NSW flood victims unlikely to be insured and more Zedlines

NSW flood victims unlikely to be insured, green tree frog flown to hospital after being run over by lawnmower and more Zedlines...

Spider venom to be used to treat digestive conditions

 

A group of researchers from the University of Queensland and University of Adelaide have collected venom from hundreds of spiders and scorpions to understand how venoms activate pain signals.

 

They say pain associated with digestive conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, could be treated with tarantula venom.

 

They found a toxin in tarantula venom activated a sodium channel in the skin’s nerves, which transmits a mechanical pain response sent to the brain.

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