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Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp

Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp, Ipswich Motorway upgrade to begin next month, Tasmanian high court challenge delayed and more Zedlines (Image:REUTERS/THOMAS MUKOYA)

Kenya to close world’s largest refugee camp

Kenya has announced they will close the world's largest refugee camp by the end of this year, in a move the United Nations and other Western states have warned against. 

The Dadaab camp is home to over 350,000 mostly Somali refugees, and has provided safety to people fleeing war and famine for over 25 years. 

QLDers have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote, and more Zedlines

Queenslanders are being reminded they only have until 8pm tonight to enrol to vote for the Federal Election. (Source:

Cancer Council Queensland issues warning of high daily sodium intake

A survey from Cancer Council Queensland shows only six per cent of Queenslanders are aware of the recommended daily sodium intake to prevent chronic disease.

Research shows many Australians are consuming much more sodium than the recommended 1600mg.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift urges to limit using or finding alternatives to salt for cooking.

The Council has also issued a consumer alert about the amount of salt contained in pre-packaged foods.

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield, and more Zedlines

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source (Source: Wikipedia)

Principle threatened with machete and axe

Teachers are once again considering leaving schools in Aurukun in far north Queensland after the principle was threatened by four teens with machete’s and an axe.

Despite this being the second time it has happened in two weeks, teachers have decided to stay with further safety measures likely to be introduced.

Twenty five teachers left the community after the first incident and only returned last week with five teachers deciding not to return at all.

Lab creates 3D prawn sperm models

$2 billion precinct proposal for under-utilised part of Brisbane CBD and more Zedlines

The Queensland Government has proposed a $2 billion precinct in one of the most un-utilised areas of the Brisbane CBD. (source: Wikicommons)

$2 billion precinct proposal for under-utilised part of Brisbane CBD
The Queensland Government has proposed a $2 billion precinct in one of the most un-utilised areas of the Brisbane CBD.

The proposal is a new 17,000 seat arena, cinema, restaurant and public space for a 'Brisbane Live' precinct above the Roma Street rail yards.

Chairman Harvey Lister said the project could help refresh part of the city that has sat, historically, neglected.

The proposal will be delivered to the government on Wednesday.

New study identifies higher heart attack risk in older Australians and more Zedlines

20 per cent of Australians aged 45 and older are vulnerable to cardiovascular disease within the next five years and not receiving medication. (Source: Flickr)

Queensland banana grower finds success with green bananas

A Queensland farmer is using rejected Lady Finger bananas to create gluten free banana flour.

Farmer Robert Watkins started noticing that animals would flock specifically to eat the unripened bananas he had to throw out.

Mr Watkins said his company, Natural Evolution, discovered that the Lady Finger banana has the highest natural resistant starch on earth which also reduces the risks of colorectal cancer.

Geothermal Energy - Do You know the Benefits and Costs?

by Eliot Rifkin
Geothermal Energy - Do You know the Benefits and Costs? 
Final part of a 6 part series on environmental impacts of the various renewable energies. We all want environmental friendly energy, however what are the hidden costs and benefits for consideration in the decision-making?

Two Brisbane hospitals among the least efficient in Australia, and more Zedlines

According to the National Health Performance Authority, Prince Charles Hospital and Logan Hospital both rated in the top 10 for most expensive care. [SOURCE: www.nilsen.com.au]

Cash Converters facing class-action lawsuit

Cash Converters faces a class-action lawsuit over claims they charged illegally high interest rates of over four hundred per cent per annum on short-term loans.

Class action Lawyer Miranda Nagy said the loan company introduced brokerage fees to circumvent an interest rate cap of forty-eight per cent, pushing borrowers into a spiral of debt.

Cash Converters said their lending has been undertaken in accordance with regulations.

 

Turnbull hits back at negative gearing report, and more Zedlines.

Four suspicious fires on the Gold Coast, Turnbull hits back at negative gearing report, US police suggest child death payout used for public education, and more Zedlines. (Image: Vimeo).

Brisbane woman hopes to win NAB case

A Brisbane woman hopes to win a case against national bank NAB, claiming its deceptive conduct allowed money to be borrowed under her name without her knowledge.

Leith Willamson claims four years ago a $320 000 loan and a bank guarantee using her home as security were issued to her former partner but says she never signed any documents.

Marine Energy - Do You know the Benefits and Costs?

by Eliot Rifkin
Marine or Wave Energy - Do You know the Benefits and Costs? 
Part 5 of a 6 part series on environmental impacts of the various renewable energies. We all want environmental friendly energy, however what are the hidden costs and benefits for consideration in the decision-making?

Coroner urges industry standard to protect workers from extreme temperatures and more Zedlines

Coroner John Hutton said the recent death of a constrcution worker highlights substantial deficiencies in the way heat stress is managed in heavy construction. (Image Source: Pixabay)

Labor says Ergon-Energex merger won't affect jobs

The Labor party has issued a statement assuring licenced electricians that their jobs are not in danger after plans for a new publicly funded energy business.

The government's plan to combine Ergon and Energex would start up a new, renewables-focused energy service.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the new plan would not affect workers who rely on household electrical and solar work.

 

Coroner urges extreme temperature industry standard to protect workers

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