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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.

Brexit a ‘disaster’ for UK’s Universities and more Zedlines..

University academics are warning of the disastrous effect that Brexit will have on tertiary education in the UK.

At a meeting recently held at the University of Oxford, the Education Select Committee listened to warnings about the financial impact of losing European research funding in Universities.

There are also fears that Brexit could see a loss in European Union students, as Cambridge University has already seen a 14% drop in EU applications for autumn this year.

Labor calls for LNP preference clarity over latest One Nation LGBTI comments

Commuters in the dark about new Queensland Rail timetable and more Zedlines

Brisbane train commuters are being kept waiting as Queensland Rail’s summer school holiday schedule finishes up, with the replacement timetable due to begin on January 23rd still unpublished.

Changes are expected to reflect an increased patronage on the network with the new school year after issues surrounding a lack of drivers strained the network throughout the end of 2016.

After a November 2016 recruitment drive fielded 100 drivers, seven of the nine new drivers trained have joined the network, with the final two due to begin work at the end of January.

Queensland survey sheds new light on daylight savings trial

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.

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.

Russia dictates UN tribute to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and more Zedlines.....

The United Nations Security Council, wanted to thank Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for his contribution to the LGBT community, but was blocked by Russia. (Image Source: kremlin.ru)

 

The 15-member council met to pay tribute to Ban, who will step down later this month, wanting to recognize his work for “women, young people, and the LGBT community.”

Russia objected, later settling to a statement of thanks regarding Ban’s human rights promotion - which did not mention the LGBT community.
Female Ride Sharing app to roll out in Queensland

A female-only ride-sharing service is set to launch in Queensland, offering female passengers and drivers a safe, alternative ride.

 

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.

“Sausage party” protest draws attention to gender inequality in film and more Zedlines

Protestors from Women in Film and Television NSW have dressed up as sausages at the AACTA awards on Wednesday to highlight the lack of gender equality in the movie industry.

The activists say too few movies directed by women were nominated for awards and instead the evening was largely dominated by male-led films; hence the “sausage party”.

They were swiftly removed by security, but not before calling for more transparency in the AACTA movie nomination process.

(Source @VZerbst - Twitter.com)

 

Wild Weather Leads to Hospitalisation
Lightning has struck two Gold Coast homes yesterday afternoon, with five people recovering from the impact.

Rally to Remember Tyrone

On Sunday Brisbane Line Reporter Jack McDonnell attended the Remember Tyrone rally and listened as the community rallied to support Tyrones family and demand more so that a story like this never happens again.

 

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Queensland Teens battling mental health issues and more Zedlines

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.(Image source: flickr)

Results of a Mission Australia survey have indicated young Australians between the ages of 15 and 19 believe mental health is one of the top three issues facing the demographic.

 

The survey included responses from 4361 Queenslanders, with top personal concerns being stress problems, study problems, body image and mental health.

 

The results also found mental health concerns had doubled since 2011.

 

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