Monday, August 31, 2015

Search for queen Asian honey bee ramps up

The search for a queen Asian honey bee is being ramped up in the Northern Territory towns of Katherine, Tennant Creek and Elliott this week.

Asian honey bees are a notifiable pest in the Northern Territory and have the potential to carry the varroa mite, which can devastate populations of European honey bees.

The queen bee may have entered the Northern Territory as part of an Asian honey bee hive found on the cargo of a truck about eight weeks ago.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-31/queen-asian-honey-bee-search-ramped-up-katherine-tennant-creek/6736700

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Product recalls are rising

From luxury cars with doors that open while driving to children’s drink cups containing potentially deadly batteries, a soaring number of products are being ­recalled due to safety concerns.

But while Australian Competition and Consumer Commission figures show the number of recalls rose by more than 40 per cent since 2010 to 510 last year, only about half of the dodgy goods are ever returned, leaving thousands of hazardous products in Australian homes.

Evidence given to a Senate economics committee this year highlighted that dangerous toys have a particularly low rate of ­return, putting children at risk.

Read more...http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/product-recalls-are-rising-but-theres-one-major-flaw-with-the-system/story-fnihsrk2-1227504415736

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mothers boyfriend arrested over death of 2yo girl Nikki Francis-Coslovich

The partner of a woman whose two-year-old daughter was found dead in a Mildura house in Victoria's north-west, earlier this week, has been arrested.

John Torney, 31 from Mildura, was taken into custody this morning over the death of Nikki Francis-Coslovich.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-28/man-arrested-over-death-of-two-year-old-girl-in-mildura/6732136

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Man arrested over death of 2yo girl Nikki Francis

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of a two-year-old girl in Mildura, in Victoria's north-west, earlier this week.

The Mildura man was taken into custody this morning.

He is being questioned by homicide detectives, police said.

Nikki Francis-Coslovich was reported missing from her Oram Court home on Tuesday.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-28/man-arrested-over-death-of-two-year-old-girl-in-mildura/6732136

Truck containing up to 50 decomposing bodies found in Austria

As many as 50 migrants have been found dead inside a parked truck on a highway in Austria, according to police.

The 7.5-tonne poultry truck, which is reported to contain between 20 and 50 decomposing bodies, was found sitting on the side of the eastern A4 highway near the Hungarian border, police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said.

Fluids from the bodies were found seeping out the truck's back door.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/up-to-50-dead-migrants-found-in-truck-in-austria/6731108

Teen friend of schoolgirl Jayde Kendall due in court for murder

A teenage friend of Queensland schoolgirl Jayde Kendall is due to appear in court today charged with her murder, two weeks after she went missing west of Brisbane.

Police were called to farmland in Upper Tenthill, about 16 kilometres from her home town of Gatton, after a call came through to Crime Stoppers at 9:30am Thursday.

Her body was found, confirming her family's worst fears.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-28/brenden-bennetts-charged-with-gatton-teen-jade-kendalls-murder/6731244

Jayde Kendalls body found south of Gatton

Police have arrested a man after the body of missing teenager Jayde Kendall was found in a rural area, west of Brisbane.

The 16-year-old's body was found at Upper Tenthill, near Mount Sylvia and Allens Road, 14 kilometres south of Gatton, this afternoon.

Police said the arrested man was assisting them with their inquiries.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/jayde-kendall-body-found-south-of-gatton/6730686

Humpback whale population growth shows no sign of slowing down

Australia's humpback population is the healthiest it has been since whaling ended along the east coast in the 1960s according to a Queensland whale counting group.

Until 1962, humpback whales along the Queensland coast were hunted for use in oil, tennis rackets, medicine and animal feed with numbers dramatically dwindling until a ban was introduced.

The University of Queensland's Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory (CEAL) has counted between 25,000 and 26,000 whales this migration season, the highest seen in decades

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/humpback-whale-population-shows-no-sign-of-slowing-down/6728660

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

One of twin panda cubs born over weekend has died

The smaller of twin panda cubs born over the weekend to giant panda Mei Xiang has died, Washington's National Zoo said.

The death of the cub, whose up-and-down weight since the birth on Saturday had raised concerns among the zoo keepers, occurred shortly after 2pm local time on Wednesday.

The twins' birth captured international attention as giant pandas are among the world's most endangered species.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/panda-cub-dies-washington-zoo-says/6727952

Rabbit bait research sparks wildlife poisoning concerns

Wildlife scientists are calling for more research into a popular rabbit bait, after finding it may present a high risk of secondary poisoning.

Pindone is an anti-coagulant compound, commonly used on oat and carrot baits, to control wild rabbit populations in both Australia and New Zealand.

Findings published in the scientific journal Wildlife Research this week conclude concentrated levels of the poison, which were found in liver and fat tissues of baited rabbits, could present a high risk to non-target predators.

 

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-26/nz-scientists-calls-for-more-research-into-rabbit-bait-toxicity/6725172

Rabbit bait research sparks wildlife poisoning concerns

Wildlife scientists are calling for more research into a popular rabbit bait, after finding it may present a high risk of secondary poisoning.

Pindone is an anti-coagulant compound, commonly used on oat and carrot baits, to control wild rabbit populations in both Australia and New Zealand.

Findings published in the scientific journal Wildlife Research this week conclude concentrated levels of the poison, which were found in liver and fat tissues of baited rabbits, could present a high risk to non-target predators.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-26/nz-scientists-calls-for-more-research-into-rabbit-bait-toxicity/6725172

Prescription drug abuse is growing at an alarming rate

Prescription drug abuse is growing at an alarming rate and is a "national emergency", the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says.

The concerns come as advocacy organisation ScriptWise kicks off a national campaign next week to make people more aware of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

ScriptWise spokesman and AMA WA council of general practice chair Dr Steve Wilson said the violence and crime that flowed from methamphetamine addiction may be dominating the national agenda but prescription drug abuse is killing more people.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-26/ama-wa-describes-prescription-drug-abuse-as-national-emergency/6727574

ScriptWise

Australians aged 20-29 years most likely to misuse pharmaceuticals for non-medical purposes in their lifetime (10.3%)

Approximately 10 million prescriptions are written annually for benzodiazepines, which it is estimated that one in fifty Australians are currently taking a benzodiazepine and have been taking the drug for longer than 6 months

Oxycodone prescription in Australia increased more than 152%, between 2002 and 2008

Read more...http://www.scriptwise.org.au/

Bacteria in house dust reflect who lives there

Household dust is full of living organisms that are determined, in large part, by where the home is located and who is living in it, finds a new study that includes some surprising revelations.

Homes with a greater ratio of male occupants, for example, were found to contain large amounts of skin and faecal-associated bacteria, while women-dominated households contained an abundance of vaginally shed bacteria that somehow wound up in dust.

The study, published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, is believed to be the most extensive ever on microorganisms found in household dust.

Senior author Noah Fierer says there are "millions of bacteria and fungi living inside our homes."

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2015/08/26/4300296.htm

Joe Hockey did not consult Tony Abbott on plans to lead fresh republican push

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Treasurer Joe Hockey did not consult him before leading a new push for Australia to become a republic.

Mr Hockey angered some of his Federal Cabinet colleagues with the announcement he will lead a parliamentary friendship group on the issue.

Mr Abbott, a monarchist, said Australia is doing well without being a republic.

Read more...http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-27/joe-hockey-did-not-consult-tony-abbott-on-republican-push/6727896