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Cyclone Debbie hits the Queensland coast and more Zedlines

Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie’s destructive winds are beginning to be felt on Queensland’s north coast. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The Whitsunday Islands are currently being lashed by gale force winds cutting power, snapping trees and lifting rooves.

The category four system is tracking towards the town of Bowen where it is expected to make landfall around midday bringing 260km/h winds and flash flooding.

25,000 people in low-lying areas have been urged to reach higher ground ahead of an expected storm surge.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and emergency services are urging residents in the 600km danger zone to stay indoors.

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Cane toad introduced to national park and more Zedlines

Tourists may be responsible for bringing a cane toad into Mount Kosciuszko National Park. [Image source: Simple Wikipedia]

Cane toads are introduced pests spreading throughout Australia, but had never before been found in the southern alpine environments of NSW.

Anyone visiting national parks is advised to check their vehicles for unwanted pests.

Gay Panic defence abolished

A bill to scrap the controversial Gay Panic defence has officially been passed in Queensland Parliament this week.

High-thrust rocket test by North Korea and more zedlines.

New high-thrust rocket engine test undertaken by North Korea. Image Source: Wikimedia/Sungwon Baik

The Korean Central News Agency reported the test was to confirm the prototypes reliability and structural safety, and the new engine will be used in country’s peaceful space programme.

The test coincides with US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is touring Asia primarily discussing concerns over how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear initiative.

US officials remain skeptical that the space programme is solely for peaceful use.

 

Support for Toowoomba high school for World Science Festival

Far right leader concedes defeat in the Netherlands and more Zedlines

There is celebration in the Netherlands as populist, far right leader Geert Wilders concedes defeat after losing the highly contentious election. (Image Source: Metropolico.org).

The anti-Muslim, anti-immigration leader and his PVV party had been leading in the polls leading up to Wednesday’s election, but support for the party slipped in recent days.

 

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his centre-right party VVD are set to head up the country’s next coalition government.

 

Mr Rutte said the election was a celebration of democracy and the people of the Netherlands had said no to “the wrong kind of populism”.

 

Brisbane tourism set to grow

 

Australian students underperforming in maths and science and more Zedlines

New reports have found Australian students are falling behind global standards in their maths and science studies. (Image Source: Pixabay)

New reports have found Australian students are falling behind global standards in their maths and science studies.

The latest report from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority has found only 55 percent of Australian students are meeting proficiency standards in their science studies.

Last year's Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study Report shows that Australia’s comparatively poor international performance is largely down to socioeconomic status.

Continued measles outbreaks uncovered in Queensland

Petition calls for renaming of park and more Zedlines...

A new petition is calling for Brisbane City Council to rename an Oxley park after founding member of The Saints Ed Kuepper.

 
Petition calls for renaming of park

A new petition is calling for Brisbane City Council to rename an Oxley park after founding member of The Saints Ed Kuepper.

Ed Kuepper and The Saints were formative in the development of punk-rock and alternative music in Australia, and the petition asks this be recognised in the form a renaming.

The park sits at the junction of Oxley Road and Lawson Street where Kuepper grew up.

 

Brisbane Street Art Festival A Success

Students Reprimanded Over Derogatory Chant and more zedlines

Four male students from the Australian National University have been reprimanded for chanting offensive and derogatory songs, including graphic sexual nursery rhymes with euphemisms for oral sex.

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins says the incident is “concerning.”

The students were suspended for the duration of Orientation Week, however ANU have demanded further information on the incident, saying additional action could be taken, including further suspension or expulsion.

The Australian Human Rights Commission is currently conducting a national project examining sexual assault and sexual harassment issues on Australian university campuses.

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Students told to pay up and more zedlines

The Sage Institute of Fitness is telling students they must pay “outstanding fees” before they can receive certificates necessary to finish their courses elsewhere.

The institute went into voluntary administration on Tuesday, ceasing trade altogether in Brisbane and Sydney, and temporarily suspending classes in Melbourne. 

Administrator Ferrier Hodgson had intended to restructure and sell the business, however students were given notice on Tuesday the plan would not go ahead as they were unable to find a buyer. 

Queensland union to rally after penalty rate cut

Mexico cancels sugar export permits to US over trade dispute and more zedlines

Mexico has cancelled sugar export permits to the United States following a dispute over the pace of shipments. (Image Source: Flickr)

Mexico has cancelled sugar export permits to the United States following a dispute over the pace of shipments.

In a letter seen by Reuters, Mexico’s sugar chamber cites the vacant positions in the United State’s Department of Commerce for the cancellations.

The letter detailed that without counterparts in Department of Commerce to negotiate with, Mexico cancelled the permits to be renegotiated in April.

This move could disrupt sugar supplies in the United States, as Mexico is the nation’s top foreign supplier of sugar.

White rhino killed by poachers in France and more zedlines

A four-year-old white rhinoceros has been killed by poachers at a zoo in France, despite security cameras and five zoo staff members living on site. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

Keepers found the rhino yesterday morning with three gunshot wounds to the head and a partially-removed horn.

This is allegedly the first time poachers have killed a live, captive animal in Europe.

Rhinoceros horns sell on the black market for around £30,000 each.

Catholic vandals destroy war memorial monument 

The Brisbane City Council is seeking court ordered restitution after vandals destroyed a famous monument at Toowong’s War Memorial Cemetery in religious protest.

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