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Leopard shark switches to asexual reproduction and more Zedlines

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

A leopard shark in a Townsville aquarium has shocked scientists by being the first in the world to give birth without a male, after previously mating in the typical way.

The shark hatched three eggs in April last year, despite being isolated from male sharks since 2013. 

The breakthrough research, now published in Scientific Reports, confirms no male sperm was involved in the eggs' fertilisation. The process is called parthenogenesis, meaning virgin creation in Greek.

10 year Queensland public housing plan to encourage children to earn and learn, and more Zedlines

Queensland Government pledges to focus on supporting children in public housing to continue earning or learning. Source: sourceable

The Palaszczuk Government is looking to break down barriers which stop children in public housing from earning or learning when they finish school.

Minister for Housing and Public Works, Mick De Brenni said the upcoming 10 year strategy will focus on ending intergenerational dependency on welfare by encouraging young people to study or work ... without penalising their parents.

He said some parts of the public housing system act as a disincentive for young people to get out into the workforce by doubling their parents rent if the children begin full time work.

 

Feeling hot? There's a heatwave.

Southern Queenslanders are set to swelter, as a heat-wave moves through, breaking records in its path.

Brisbane will reach a top of 34 degrees, five above the daily average for this time of year.

Acting health minister Stirling Hinchliffe urged residents to stay hydrated, saying if your urine is dark it’s best to increase your fluid intake, to best keep yourself safe. 

One Nation looks to Queensland election 

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson is expected to announce a “game changing” shake-up to state politics today in the lead-up to the next election.

South Korean monk injured after setting self alight during protests and more Zedlines

The 64-year-old Buddhist monk has been hospitalised, suffering from third degree burns after setting himself alight to protest Korea's compensation with Japan regarding wartime sex slaves. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons).

South Korean monk in critical condition after attempted self immolation 

A South Korean monk is in a critical condition after setting himself on fire to protest the country’s compensation deal with Japan over wartime sex slaves.

The 64-year-old Buddhist monk suffered third-degree burns across his body and serious damage to vital organs following his action during an anti president rally in Seoul on Saturday.

Truck attack in Jerusalem claims four lives and more Zedlines

Four dead and 17 more injured after a truck driver drove through a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem. (Image source: Wikipedia)

 

Truck driving attack in Jerusalem 

Four Israeli soldiers died and 17 people injured after a truck drove into a group of pedestrians in Jerusalem.

The attack happened in a prominent thoroughfare which overlooked the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police have shot dead the driver of the truck and Israeli police say this is a deliberate attack

This event is the deadliest Palestinian attack in Jerusalem in some months.

 

Acacia Ridge fire contained 

Meningococcal outbreak could have been stopped & More Zedlines

Four children fighting meningococcal at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital have a potentially deadly strain of the disease which could have been prevented by an out of stock vaccine. 

The vaccine for Meningococcal B is only available through the private sector, despite repeated attempts to get it onto the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

Bexsero has been out of stock since October, with manufacturer Glaxo Smith Kline blaming “unexpected demand” for the shortage.

Watchdog barks over 'CU in the NT' slogan

The Advertising Standards Bureau has labelled the controversial ‘CU in the NT’ slogan as “extremely denigrating to women” while ruling on a complaint that was lodged to the industry watchdog.

Centrelink data-matching under fire and more Zedlines

The former head of the Federal Government’s digital transformation office, Paul Shelter, says the error rates of Centrelink’s data-matching processes are so high that any private enterprise would have gone out of business. (Image Source: Flickr)

 

Centrelink has been increasingly under fire this week amid reports of false debt notices being issued to low-income Australians as a result of new data-matching with the ATO… In some cases, customers are being asked to provide payslips from six years ago.

 

Shelter told The Guardian the Department of Human Services has a culture of blame aversion, with only good news making it up through the chain of bureaucracy.

 

He says failures lead to blame shifting.

 

Halfway to 2020 Solar Energy Goal and more zedlines

Image source: pixabay The goal of producing 3,000 megawatts of power from Queensland solar panels by 2020 has according to the Queensland government reached the halfway point. These claims come after New South Wales researchers called the government out to put solar panels on roofs such as Suncorp stadium, QPAC and Roma St Station.

The goal of producing 3,000 megawatts of power from Queensland solar panels by 2020 has according to the Queensland government reached the halfway point.

These claims come after New South Wales researchers called the government out to put solar panels on roofs such as Suncorp stadium, QPAC and Roma St Station.

Energy Minister Mark Bailey has not made direct comment on the research but has stated many government owned buildings such as hospitals, schools and emergency services already have solar panels installed.

Study Reveals Pilots Suffer From Suicidal Thoughts ... & More Zedlines

A Harvard University study has found thousands of commercial pilots have experienced suicidal thoughts.

Experts warned pilots might cover up their symptoms of depression for fear of losing their jobs, as they are automatically deemed unfit to fly if diagnosed.

The study comes after the 2015 Germanwings crash, when a pilot suspected of being mentally ill crashed the airliner into the French Alps, killing 150 passengers.

Government Urged to Ditch Toondah Harbour Project

Yellow Cabs to launch fixed fares in 2017 and more Zedlines

It will be the first response from Queensland's taxi industry since the Palaszczuk government legalised Uber operations in Queensland in August this year. (Image source: GoodFreePhotos)

Yellow Cabs will promote fixed fares for customers in 2017 in an attempt to challenge ride-sharing schemes, like Uber.

It will be the first response from Queensland's taxi industry since the Palaszczuk government legalised Uber operations in Queensland in August this year. 

The scheme will be heavily promoted and launched in January, but Yellow Cabs general manager Bill Parker confirmed on Monday "fixed fares" were being trialled. Mr Parker said customers could phone and request a fixed fee, which would be factored into the driver's meter.

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