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Asylum seekers drown off Libyan coast and more Zedlines

At least 20 dead bodies have been spotted in the sea off the Libyan coast after 200 people fell into the water, amongst them asylum seekers and toddlers. [Image source: Flickr]

The coast guard called in vessels to help with the rescue, after which about 1700 people were saved.

More than 1300 asylum seekers fleeing Africa and the Middle East have died in the Mediterranean sea this year.

Surfer saves man’s life

Surf Living Saving Queensland are praising a surfer who pulled an unconscious boardrider onto his surfboard and performed CPR, saving the man’s life.

Activists Chained to Loaded Train and more Zedlines

Two young activists from Not Aurizon, Not Adani have chained themselves onto an Aurizon train at the corner of Memorial Avenue and Fairfield Road (NAIF) to protest Aurizon’s latest application to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility or NAIF for public funding to build a rail link to the Galilee Basin. (IMAGE: Stop Queensland Coal Exports)

According to witnesses on the scene close to 10 police cars are surrounding the area, with the Queensland Police making many attempts to get the protestors to unchain themselves, which has put a complete halt to the coal train with over 100 carriages.

Aurizon delivered a $1.25billion proposal to the NAIF in hopes to build the rail link, which will unlock the coal deposits of the Galilee Basin, it is believed Adani is also seeking funding for this project.

Astromers believe we live in a parallel universe!? and more Zedlines...

Astronomers have found what they believe is proof we are living in a parallel universe. Image source: Pexels

Since the beginning of time, people have pondered the notion of the multiverse; where an infinite number of universes exist, all with differing realms and dimensions.

New research from the Royal Astronomical Society has focused on a ‘Cold Spot’ in the Cosmos, a ‘cool’ patch of space in the radiation of the universe after its formation.

Durham University researcher, Tom Shanks said this cold spot could essentially be a gap in the multiverse and could have been caused by a collision between our universe and another bubble universe.

 

Shark cullings mean dire environmental consequences, and more Zedlines....

Following a senate inquiry that began in November of 2016 into risk management of shark attacks, researchers warn of dire environmental consequences should the culling of sharks continue. Image source: Wikimedia

A marine biologist and associate professor of the University of Melbourne, Robert Day, said the apex predator plays an integral role in managing the oceanic ecosystem’s stability, and the continuation of mass killing will inevitably lead to an imbalance in our oceans.

Hawaiian researchers have also discovered the intimidation tactics of sharks aren’t only effective on humans, but certain prey, with studies proving the shark’s ability to regulate seagrass beds prevents overgrazing by turtles.

 

Regional Workers Hit Hardest By Penalty Rate Cuts

Almost 300 000 workers in 45 regional communities will see their Sunday rates slashed in early July this year, but the Australian Council of Trade Unions, aren’t going down without a fight. (Image Source:WikimediaCommons)

Tow industry to be put on tight leash
Retired District Court Judge Michael Forde has been endorsed by Cabinet to lead an independent investigation into the towing industry after shady practises by towing companies were recently exposed.

The investigation will look into the possibility of stopping the removal of cars from private properties, towing fees being capped, restrictions being placed on the maximum distance a vehicle can be towed, and limiting predatory practises.

Closure of Manus Island to start in two weeks and more Zedlines

Australia’s Refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island will begin closure within the next two weeks, with asylum seekers told to consider their options. (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

The centre will officially close its doors on the 31st of October this year, with temporary accommodation being offered to those who are found to be seeking refuge.

Refugees will have the option to reside in Papua New Guinea or return home, but none will be re-settled in Australia.

New amendments to ride-sharing legislation have been recommended in Queensland
An inordinate amount of amendments to ride-sharing laws are set to be put to Queensland parliament.

Fairfax journalists on strike

Fairfax journalists have this week downed their typewriters and gone on strike following the announcement that one quarter of the journalist positions at the company's three biggest papers are going to be cut.

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke to Brisbane Times journalist Cameron Atfield about the strike and the precarious position of quality journalism in today's media landscape.

image source: Cameron Atfield

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Queensland labour hire companies to be regulated and more Zedlines

Changes to the state’s labour hire regulations will come into effect next year through a licensing scheme set to target rogue traders and level equal opportunities in the work force. Image: Flickr

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced this at the RNA Showgrounds for Brisbane’s Labour Day rally in front of 30,000 protesters rallying against penalty rate cuts for retail, hospitality and the pharmacy industries.

 

Labour hire firms would have to report on their operations and undergo a fit-and-proper-person test to level the playing field so that ethical operators may trade also.

 

Palaszczuk said these mandatory laws would go into action as early as next year.

Zebrafish to help humans?

Allegations of breaches by One Nation Party and more Zedlines

One Nation is facing fresh allegations of breaching electoral rules, with the Labor party referring them to Queensland authorities. Image source: Wikimedia Commons.

ALP senator Murray Watt claims One Nation secretly shifted their legal structuring last late year and could face deregistration if the allegations are true.

The report, released by The Saturday Paper, suggests senator Pauline Hanson failed to notify the Queensland Electoral Commission and One Nation members of the changes, which shift legal liability away from senior party members.

Cyclone Debbie insurance forums held for those affected

Brisbane to breed entrepreneurs and more Zedlines

Brisbane is set to host entrepreneur training aiming to inspire and train the next wave of Queensland’s enterprise hopefuls. Source Wikimedia.

The workshop will be lead by Globetrotting adventurer and Best Job in the World winner Ben Southall who has teamed up with Office of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur to create the ‘Venturer’ program.

The program kicks off today in The Precinct in Fortitude Valley and will be based there one day a week.

Cyclone Debbie will now make landfall at 2pm and more updates

The North Queensland coast is being lashed by destructive winds and heavy rain as Tropical Cyclone Debbie approaches.

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