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Brutal drug war in Philippines to continue and more zedlines

Philippines president unfeigned by a prospective International Criminal Court trial over his anti-drug war. Image Source: Flickr/VOCAL-NY

The country’s president Rodrigo Duterte said he will not be intimidated over an ICC trial to stop his "brutal" campaign against drugs after the campaign having claimed more than 8000 lives.

A former self proclaimed assassin from the Death Squad under the leader’s mayorship in Davot city has testified against him before the Philippine Senate and plans to file a case at the ICC.

Duterte has ordered the police force to shoot the suspects if in danger. He said he wants to see the criminals die rather than losing the security forces.

 

Everton Hills residents in need of public transport and more zedlines

Residents of North Brisbane suburb Everton Hills are calling for better bus services in their area. Image Source: Wikimedia/wikicats

An online petition is underway on the Queensland Parliament website, for those in Henderson, Bunya, Buckland and Bennetts Roads and Chinook Street .

The e-petition calls on the state Government to ensure adequate public transport in the outer-city suburbs as well as inner.

 

Art as emotional and physical therapy

Rockhampton health and wellness professionals are blazing a trail for fine art as remedy.

Disability care still in a puddle after a year and more Zedlines

Poor disability care services leads the state government to be called on by agencies. Image Source: Pexels

A year since the warning of ‘‘catastrophic outcomes’’ from substandard disability care report by Queensland’s Office of the Public Advocate has urged the Palaszczuk government to take tough initiatives as nothing has changed.

Under-reporting of mostly preventable deaths in the disability health care services has provoked the organisations to appeal the state government to implement strategies to fix the services federally as well as the private sector.

 

Riding the waves with lemongrass surfboards

Pakistan’s next census to recognise the transgender community, and more Zedlines...

Pakistan’s sixth national census in March will now recognise transgender people, following a ruling by one of the nation’s top courts.

The court order, which was issued to the National Database and Registration Authority by the Lahore High Court, instructed the Pakistani government to acknowledge the existence of the 500,000 transgender people living in the country of 192 million.

The decision, comes after a Supreme Court ruling in 2012 gave transgender people in Pakistan equal citizenship.

It is a sign of improved awareness for the transgender community in the region, with both Nepal and India providing the same opportunity in each of their 2011 censuses.

 

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

 

Interview with Kevin Kadirgamar the lawyer for Mojgan Shamsalipoor Part 2

This is the story of Mojgan Shamsalipoor an Iranian asylum seeker. She is a young woman who has accomplished so much while facing some incredibly difficult circumstances. Even though she has become an integral part of her community she still faces many challenges as her bridging visa is set to expire next week on the 21st of March. 

Interview with Kevin Kadirgamar the lawyer for Mojgan Shamsalipoor Part 1

This is the story of Mojgan Shamsalipoor an Iranian asylum seeker. She is a young woman who has accomplished so much while facing some incredibly difficult circumstances. Even though she has become an integral part of her community she still faces many challenges as her bridging visa is set to expire next week on the 21st of March. 

Cashless welfare cards given the all clear and more Zedlines

The cashless welfare card could be the way of the future for Australia after the trial was deemed a success in Ceduna in South Australia and Kununurra in Western Australia. (Source: Flickr - David Jackmanson)

The trial that limits participants access to cash saw 80 per cent of the hand out distributed onto a cashless card that prohibited gambling and purchasing alcohol with only 20 per cent of the allowance deposited into bank accounts.

Results showed that one quarter of participants were not drinking as often and participation in gambling had also reduced.

The cashless card system is set to continue with reviews occurring on a six-month basis.

Carmichael Coal Mine Company to shift millions to the Cayman Islands

Free to charge or free of charge: update for renewables and more Zedlines

Elon Musk and Malcolm Turnbull have discussed renewable energy after a 100 day battery farm proposal by the former. Image source: Public Domain Pictures

The billionaire entrepreneur offered to solve South Australia’s electricity problem by building a Tesla battery farm in the state within 100 days, or it would be free of charge.

A spokesman from the PM’s office said the two had an “in-depth” discussion on storage and the future of electricity. This came after Mr. Musk spoke with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill about fixing the state’s electricity problems.

 

Robot to aid QLD emergency team

Queensland Police have unveiled a new robot to aid service personnel.

Queensland womens' prisons severely overcrowded and more Zedlines

A recent study shows women’s prisons to be severely overcrowded. Image source:

Inmate numbers released to Australian Regional Media show Queensland Corrective Services are housing hundreds of additional offenders without creating extra facilities.

Brisbane Women’s Correctional Central is housing one hundred and twenty women above its legal capacity and Townsville Women’s Correctional Centre holds an extra forty women.

Queensland Correctional Services accommodated these women by placing a mattress on the floor next to the cell’s exposed toilet.

Nude Olympics to be held in Byron Bay

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