Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mexico rolls out welcome mat for migrant caravan despite Trump's threats

Mexican towns are playing host to a more than 1,200 Central American migrants heading to the US border where some will apply for asylum and others will attempt to sneak into the United States, defying the US President who says they must be stopped.


Mexico rolls out welcome mat for migrant caravan despite Trump's threats - My blog:




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Helicopter crashes on Barrier Reef pontoon in North Queensland

A helicopter has crashed at Hardy Reef Pontoon in the Whitsundays in North Queensland.
Five people are believed to have been on board.
The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) sent a chopper to the pontoon to treat two people believed to have been injured.
QAS said they received a call about the accident at 4:15pm.
The crash site is about 65 kilometres north-east of the Whitsundays.
The police boat Damien Leeding and other vessels are still en route to the site.
Helicopter crashes on Barrier Reef pontoon in North Queensland - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):



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Kaurna people granted native title rights in Adelaide 18 years after claim

The Kaurna people have been officially recognised as the traditional land owners for most of the Adelaide area at an emotional Federal Court hearing nearly two decades after the claim was first made.

Key points:

  • Native title agreement is the first reached for land in a capital city
  • Recognition runs from Myponga to Lower Light, and from foothills to Adelaide’s coastline
  • Kaurna elder hopes ruling “paves the way” for other states
The decision was handed down in a packed court room today, 18 years after the application was first lodged in October 2000.
Kaurna people granted native title rights in Adelaide 18 years after claim – South Australia:




Thursday, February 15, 2018

Orangutan numbers in Borneo plummet by more than 100,000 in just 16 years

About half of the orangutans on the island of Borneo were either killed or removed between 1999 and 2015, according to new research.

Key points

  • Surveys show only 70,000 - 100,000 orangutans remain in the wild in Borneo
  • Deforestation one factor, but greater losses seen in forested areas
  • Hunting may be the biggest driver
"That's a huge amount of loss," said Professor Serge Wich from Liverpool John Moores University, a co-author of the study published today in the journal Current Biology.
"It's a higher amount than we thought, and that we were thinking based on previous studies," Professor Wich said.
Maria Voigt from the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology is another co-author of the research, which pooled data from 38 international institutions.
Orangutan numbers in Borneo plummet by more than 100,000 in just 16 years - Science News - ABC News:




Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Barnaby Joyce responds to Labor allegations he is living 'rent-free' and is breaching ministerial standards

Barnaby Joyce has had to defend living rent-free in an apartment in Armidale in his electorate in order to fend off a move from Labor to have him sacked as Deputy Prime Minister.

Key points:

  • The Deputy PM is living in a house in Armidale that is owned by a friend, paying no rent
  • Labor said he asked for a place to live for free, which breaches ministerial standards because it's a gift
  • Mr Joyce denies asking his friend for free accommodation; notes he's still paying for a property for his estranged wife and their daughters
In Parliament, the Opposition accused Mr Joyce of breaching ministerial standards by asking for a place to live and receiving the gift, which is worth about $12,000.
Labor put a motion forward in Parliament for Mr Joyce to be sacked because it said the code means ministers "must not seek or encourage any form of gift in their personal capacity".
Barnaby Joyce responds to Labor allegations he is living 'rent-free' and is breaching ministerial standards - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):




Florida shooting suspect arrested after 17 people killed in high school attack

Seventeen people have been killed in a shooting at a Florida high school on Valentine's Day, local police have confirmed.

Key points:

  • Suspect Nikolaus Cruz is a 19-year-old former student
  • 17 people are confirmed dead and several are in surgery
  • Stoneman Douglas High School is one of the biggest schools in Florida
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said several people were also in surgery after the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, about 72 kilometres north of Miami.
The suspect is 19-year-old former student Nikolaus Cruz.
Florida shooting suspect arrested after 17 people killed in high school attack - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation):