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.

The Daintree Blockade: the battle for Australia’s tropical rainforests

In December 1983 a small group of local Daintree residents formed a peaceful protest when the Douglas Shire Council, with the support of the Bjelke Petersen State Government, commenced work on a road from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield in Australia’s tropical north east, about two hours north of Cairns. As an aside, Bjelke Petersen was the longest-serving Queensland Premier (1968–1987); was vocal in calling for Whitlam’s sacking in ‘75; and was openly antagonistic towards the new federal Labor Government (1983–1996).

Adaniwatch - Native title, NAIF, Royalty holidays

It's been an eventful week regarding the Adani Carmichael mine. From native title legislation to protests against proposed infrastructure loans, and then on thursday the news that the Labor government is apparently offering Adani a "royalty holiday" worth over $300 million. 

4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine has been keeping an eye on what's happening.

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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.


Student protest Scott Morrison and more Zedlines

Angry students are attempting to interrupt Treasurer Scott Morrison, speaking on housing affordability

In Sydney, University armed with controversial posters and megaphones are protesting over the government's plans to hike up university fees.  

The new budget released students are set to face higher university fees from January next year as part of the Federal Government's overhaul of the higher education sector.

The protest continues, as student fees will rise by 7.5% by 2021.


Turtle resuced and released 

Ransomware attack hits 200,000 and more Zedlines

Activists to occupy West End electorate office.

They will dress as Adani chairman Gautum Adani and block off the Labor MP’s office with a large pile of coal, as well as unfurling a banner that reads “COAL IS BLOCKING LABOR’S EARS”.

Additionally, the activists will deliver a legal letter for Trad to sign and send to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility office, vetoing financial assistance to the Adani North Galilee Basin Rail Project.


Annerley kids a part of road safety

Treasure space map unearths a Columbus ship-wreck, and more Zedlines

Researchers have uncovered a centuries-old anchor believed to be from one of Christopher Columbus’ ships thanks to the help of an innovative “space treasure map.” Image source: Flickr

Historical shipwreck discovery specialist Darrell Miklos used a space treasure map created by NASA Astronaut Gordon Cooper to find a series of Caribbean shipwreck sites.

An analysis of the anchor, which was found off the Turks and Caicos Islands, southeast of the Bahamas, reveals that it dates to between 1492 and 1550 and is estimated to weigh around 600 kilograms.


Major parties clash over renewable energy sources

Commotion over creepy crawly caterpillar outbreak, and more Zedlines

South-East Queensland is crawling with itchy caterpillars after reports of an outbreak through Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Image source: Max Pixel

Nature lovers have noticed a larger-than-usual number of the hairy caterpillars, sometimes called, itchy grubs, in long head-to-tail processions.

University of Queensland Professor Myron Zalucki said the numbers are significant, and while unsure of the exact reasons behind the caterpillar outbreak, he suspects it could be related to rainfall, temperature and host plant growth around November 2016 when they hatched.


Adani hides evidence of pollution at Abbot Point

Hundreds of Russian protesters call for Putin to step down and more Zedlines

Hundreds of Russians give handwritten appeals for Putin to leave office. Image source: Wikimedia commons.

Organised by the Open Russia movement, the ‘We’re sick of him’ demonstration attracted over two-hundred and fifty people in Moscow to call for President Vladimir Putin to step down, with similar turnouts in other parts of the country.

Russian media has released footage of riot police detaining protestors, with activists claiming over one-hundred arrests. There has been no official confirmation of the arrests.

One of world’s rarest fish found in the middle of Queensland