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Portuguese children sue 47 countries over climate change and more zedlines..

Portuguese schoolchildren affected by forest fires in June are looking to sue 47 European countries, saying that the country’s failure to tackle climate change threatened their right to life.

Children from the Leiria region of Portugal are seeking an initial £35,000 via crowdfunding to mount their case, which will target the 47 countries which are major emitters in Europe, including France, Germany and the UK.

The children will be represented by British barristers who are experts in environmental and climate change law, and are supported by the Global Legal Action Network.

State-wide video conference to support young women in business and more zedlines...

A state-wide video conference held next week will allow Queensland’s young female entrepreneurs to discuss their challenges and needs.

The conference, held via video in 6 locations, will see guest speakers such as Pip Russell of Network 10 and Juiced TV, sharing their experiences as female entrepreneurs.

Cairns businesswoman Petina Tieman says networking groups for entrepreneurs typically do not discuss the unique challenges faced by young women in business.

Discussions held in the session will be used to help the government to support and enable young female businesswomen.

Queensland Government to spend millions on greyhound racing

Brisbane pride march mobilises ten thousand and more Zedlines

More than ten thousand LGTBIQ supporters marched through Fortitude Valley on Saturday for the city’s annual pride march.

The LGTBIQ community and its supporters were joined by Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in a show of support and solidarity.

This year’s march had added meaning, with Saturday also marking one of Australia’s largest door-knocking campaigns by the ‘yes’ camp ahead of the nation’s same sex marriage postal survey.

The future of smoking in Queensland

Queensland health organisations have released a statewide survey on smoking, including smoke-free zones and tobacco control.

Cosmic rays come from extragalactic sources and more zedlines...

An international team of scientists have discovered high-energy cosmic rays that hit Earth come from outside our galaxy. Photo from Pixabay.

These rays, first recorded about 50 years ago, are charged particles hitting the Earth’s atmosphere, but unlike low-energy rays that come from the sun or exploded stars, scientists had been unable to determine the cause or where they came from.

The team studied 10 years’ worth of data from the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina, concluding that the high-energy cosmic rays come from an extragalactic source approximately 326 million light years away, but were unable to determine how they are created.

The team will now try to find a more direct source.

Heatwave hits state and more zedlines...

Thunderstorms are anticipated, followed by an extreme heatwave in Sunshine Coast and Darlings Downs as temperatures reach the high 30s in some areas this weekend. Photo from Flickr.

A high pressure system is stationed off the east coast and is set to send the mercury up to midsummer levels on what should be a spring day, with daytime maximums up to 10 degrees above average.

Forecasters have warned of 90 kilometre an hour winds across the Gympie region, which thunderstorms are threatening for this afternoon and evening, with a 70% chance of rain today.

Maximum weekend temperatures include 38 on Sunday in Roma, Gatton, Ipswich, and Emerald, and the mid 30s in Nambour, Warwick, Rockhampton, and Gympie.

Moree elder creates app for future generations and more zedlines...

Moree elder, Aunty Val Dahlstrom has designed a new app to ensure younger generations understand the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders since colonisation. Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons

The app, presented in the form of a solitaire game, provides players with insights into events that have influenced the health of Indigenous communities.

Solitaire Explore was launched at this year’s Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) conference in the Hunter Valley.

Ms Dahlstrom says every resource that helps raise awareness of Aboriginal health needs is a step closer to closing the gap.

Taxi drivers: $530k taxi license now worth less than $150k

LNP to scrap juvenile bail housing if elected and more zedlines...

Queensland’s Liberal National Party said they will close supervised bail accommodation for juvenile offenders if elected to government, instead putting minors in prisons. Photo from Flickr.

The Labor party announced plans last week to roll out specialised centres over the next few months, designed to house between four and 12 children who had been charged with an offence but were yet to face court and were unable to return home.

Currently, minors awaiting trial but unable to go home make up about 80% of the population of youth detention facilities in Queensland.

A spike in demand, and online abuse, hits LGBTIQ youth service

A number of mental health groups nationwide have this week flagged a spike in demand for their services as Marriage Law Postal Survey campaigning kicks into gear.

Russia linked to WikiLeaks documents

The latest release in WikiLeaks documents claim Moscow are using state surveillance to monitor and spy on internet and mobile users (Image: flickr).

The document appears to detail how a St Petersburg based technology company, Peter-Service, assisted state entities to gather data from mobile users as part of a national system of online surveillance, by the System for Operative Investigative Activities.

The release of “Spy files Russia” is seen by Edward Snowden as a “Plot twist”, as the organisation has previously been reluctant to publish documents negatively affecting, or embarrassing the Russian state.

Brisbane International Airport Booked for Expansion

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