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First global plan for reefs aims to save only ten per cent

The first global plan aimed at saving coral reefs around the world has been revealed, along with the alarming announcement that only 10 per cent of the reefs will survive the next 35 years. (Image Source: Eco Cafe).

This is the first world wide initiative aimed at protecting coral reefs from extinction with funding provided completely by philanthropists, not governments.

 

Scientists have estimated 90 per cent of the world’s reefs will disappear before 2050 due to coral bleaching induced by global warming and pollution.

 

The ‘50 reefs initiative’ has been headed by the University of Queensland’s professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg who said the radical plan is the coral reefs best chance of survival.

 

 

Coca-Cola Amatil to shift Australian focus and more Zedlines...

Following the news Coca-Cola Amatil will close its South Australian bottling plant the soft drink giant announced a ninety-million dollar investment in Brisbane.

 
Managing Director Alison Watkins says the investment will go toward expanding dairy and juice product output as well as a new glass production line.

The plant in Thebarton, South Australia, will be closed by 2019 and result in the loss of two-hundred jobs.

Coca-Cola Amatil says ‘a lot’ of short-term jobs will be created by the investment in Queensland but have not commented on permanent positions.

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Queensland to trial recycling remuneration scheme and more zedlines

Queenslanders may soon be reimbursed for recycling plastic bottles and aluminium cans. (Image Source: Flickr)

Queenslanders may soon be reimbursed for recycling plastic bottles and aluminium cans.

The Queensland government plans to introduce a container refund scheme in July 2018, where every bottle or can returned to a ‘reverse vending machine’ could prompt a refund of 10 cents.

A trial machine will be placed in George Street for three months from February 27, with initial donations going to charities.

Adele creates transport nightmare

DFO Plane Crash and More Zedlines...

A plane has crashed into the DFO factory outlet and burst into flames, shortly after takeoff from the Essendon Airport in Melbourne, this morning.

It is unknown if there are any casualties at this stage, but it is understood that five people were on board the Beechcraft plane which was a charter flight to King Island.

Thirteen fire crews have been battling the fire, paramedics and police are also on scene.

The immediate area has been evacuated and both the Tullamarine and Calder Freeways are closed in both directions near the crash site.

Bland Brisbane

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons/ Aleem Yousaf A former Brisbane based street artist has described Brisbane as bland and “oppressive” toward those who use graffiti as a medium.

 

Internationally renowned artist, Anthony Lister has said Brisbane runs the risk of becoming even more bland if areas aren’t set up for aspiring artists to apply and practice their skills.

Mr Lister’s comments come after Brisbane’s Graffiti task force charged 115 suspected vandals with 5260 offences last year.

Over 20 permanent murals will be finalised over the next month as part of the Brisbane Street Art Festival, with only one on a Council owned property on Coronation Drive. 

 

Cancer Council Queensland - Cancer Cases Triple

Brisbane Northside Traffic Set to Increase and more Zedlines

Traffic on the Northside of Brisbane could increase this Sunday as a $300,000 road upgrade begins on the Sunshine Coast. (Image Source: Flickr)

The project is part of the Palaszczuk government’s road maintenance program aiming to improve road safety in Queensland.

34 intersections on the coast are set to receive the upgrade, with the project focusing on increasing skid resistance on the roads.

Townsville Women and Girls to Receive Mentoring
Young women and girls in care in Townsville will have the opportunity to receive mentoring from female sporting stars as a $50,000 program is announced.

PNG launches investigation into corrupt senior ministers and more Zedlines

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has launched an investigation into the alleged corruption of two of his senior ministers, who are believed to have profited from the relocation of a naval base.

Opposition MP Ben Micah alleged the Public Enterprises Minister, William Duma and Defence Minister, Fabian Pok, purchased the land with the knowledge that it would be acquired in the multi-million dollar deal.

Former commander of the PNG Defence Force, Major General Jerry Singirok, said it is inappropriate for the Public Enterprises Minister to be involved in the naval bases’ relocation, and questioned the motives for the bases’ relocation in the first place.

 

Family of Australian missing in Guatemala plead for help after tubing accident

Oscar-Nominated Iranian Director To Miss Awards Due To Trump's Travel Ban

Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi says he will not be able to attend the Oscars because of a travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump.

Oscar-nominated Iranian director Asghar Farhadi says he will not be able to attend the Oscars because of a travel ban imposed by US President Donald Trump.

An executive order signed off by Mr Trump last week has placed a temporary ban on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen stopping them from entering the US.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expressed concern in a statement, that Farhadi and his cast and crew may not be permitted to attend the ceremony in Los Angeles, calling it extremely troubling.

Chinese New Year Celebrations to occur in the Valley and more Zedlines

Chinese New Year celebrations are set to kick off in Brisbane tonight and continue over the weekend. (Image Source Pixabay)

Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown Mall will play host to the ‘Year of the Rooster’ festivities, with lion dancers, cultural performances, market stalls and much more. There will also be a special parade celebrating the most important day in the Chinese calendar.

 

The event offers attendees a chance to enjoy and take part in the cultural diversity of Brisbane.

 

New Legislation to protect Taxi drivers

New legislation to protect the Taxi Industry will be introduced into Queensland Parliament by Katter’s Australian Party.

 

Protections of transgender students in the US withdrawn and more Zedlines

President Donald Trump has withdrawn federal protections for transgender students in public schools. Image Source: flickr

Former Democratic President Barack Obama put these protections in place to allow transgender children to use bathrooms corresponding with their chosen gender identity.

American Federation of Teachers President Rendi Weingarten said this is going to put transgender children’s safety at risk.

 

Political donations to be made public

Political donations in Queensland must now be publicly disclosed within 7 days in a bid to improve transparency.

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