Qld endures worst spring bushfires in 130 years
Queensland is enduring the worst spring bushfires the state has seen in 130 years. Firefighters are working to contain the fires before conditions worsen at the weekend, with temperatures climbing 10 degrees in the Gold Coast hinterland region. At least 80 fires continue to burn across Queensland.
Alan Jones calls on the PM to help farmers
Broadcaster Alan Jones has called on the Prime Minister to take greater action for Australian farmers as drought and bushfires devastate parts of the country. Speaking on Jones and Credlin, Mr Jones said “Canberra will tell you they’re not forgotten, but they’re just words”. “Mobilise the nation’s resources to address this catastrophe because if our farms go Prime Minister, we are all gone,” he said. “This is a rural Australia really in a state of play that it’s never been in before.”
Gladys Liu fails to dispel links to Chinese communist party
Liberal MP Gladys Liu has failed to explain why her name appeared on documents from a council with connections to Chinese political influence operations. Ms Liu is being scrutinised over alleged links to the Communist Party of China. Speaking to Sky News host Andrew Bolt, Ms Liu denied being a member of the council or being a mouthpiece for the party and refused to condemn Beijing's actions in the South China Sea. She also evaded questions about what she thought of Chinese President Xi Jinping as a dictator and said it was not a question for her to answer. Ms Liu said she was focused on serving her seat of Chisholm in Victoria. Labor Senator Penny Wong condemned Ms Lui’s interview and called it a “test” for Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Trump fires security adviser Bolton
September 11, 2019
President Donald Trump has abruptly forced out his hawkish national security adviser John Bolton, with whom he had strong disagreements on Iran, Afghanistan and a cascade of other global challenges.
The sudden shake-up marks the latest departure of a prominent voice of dissent from the president's inner circle, as Trump has grown less accepting of advice contrary to his instincts.
It also comes at a trying moment for Trump on the world stage, weeks ahead of the United Nations General Assembly and as the president faces pressing decisions on difficult foreign policy issues.
Tensions between Bolton, Trump's third national security adviser, and other officials have flared in recent months over influence in the president's orbit and how to manage his desire to negotiate with some of the world's most unsavoury actors.
Blast at US Embassy in Kabul on Sept 11
September 11, 2019
A rocket has exploded at the US Embassy in Afghanistan just minutes into the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
A plume of smoke rose over central Kabul shortly after midnight on Wednesday and sirens could be heard.
Inside the embassy, employees heard this message over the loudspeaker: saying an explosion had gone off.
"An explosion caused by a rocket has occurred on compound," it said.
Officials at the compound declared all-clear about an hour later and reported no injuries.
Head of the committee with Kuwait's permanent delegate to the UN
UN cmte praises Kuwait's report on people with disabilities - diplomat
GENEVA-- A committee of experts for persons with disabilities has praised a report about rights of disabled people in the State of Kuwait, an Arab Gulf country's diplomat said Tuesday.
Jamal Al-Ghunaim, Kuwait's permanent delegate to the UN in Geneva, made the remarks to KUNA at conclusion of meetings of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
The committee members also reviewed Kuwait's compliance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
"Our objective out of these interactive dialogues is to hear to different views and benefit from expertise in promoting Kuwait's compliance with the Convention," he said.
The experts gave a positive evaluation of Kuwait's report, he said, which confirmed Kuwait's keenness on rights of people with disabilities.
Al-Ghunaim said Kuwait spared no efforts to grant full rights for the disabled people including education, health and services as well as priority in government's procedures.
New coastal road to boost tourism in Musandam
A 1.5-km-long coastal road project in the Wilayat of Khasab in the Governorate of Musandam is expected to be completed by the end of October. This road is expected to serve tourism and commerce sectors.
Vic priests now required by law to report child sex abuse
Victorian priests are now required by law to report child abuse even when it is revealed to them during confession. The bill introduced by the state Labor government passed the upper house on Tuesday. Under the laws, priests and religious leaders face up to three years' jail if they do not report allegations of child physical and sexual abuse. Teachers, police and medical practitioners are already legally required to report allegations of child abuse.
New blood test for prostate cancer
September 11, 2019
A simple blood test for prostate cancer could cut the number of men needing invasive biopsies and subsequent treatment, experts have said.
Researchers from Queen Mary University of London said that the test, which picks up circulating cancer cells in a patient's blood, could be available on Britain's National Health Service (NHS) within the next three to five years.
The current prostate specific antigen (PSA) test is not highly accurate, with patients needing a follow-up biopsy to see whether they truly have cancer.
For those who do have the disease, doctors then struggle to work out which cases are aggressive and need treatment and which cases can be left alone as they are unlikely to prove fatal.
Trump urged to stop 'reckless' trade wars
The European Union will seek to convince US President Donald Trump to see "the error of his ways" and abandon some of his reckless trade policies, the EU executive's incoming trade commissioner Phil Hogan says.
The new head of the executive, Ursula von der Leyen, named a 27-strong team of commissioners on Tuesday who will take office on November 1, assuming they secure approval from the European Parliament.
Irishman Hogan, currently in charge of agriculture, will take up the post of trade commissioner, facing a battle to improve trade ties with the United States and establishing economic future relations with Britain after Brexit.
"Mr Trump certainly has indicated his clear preference for trade wars rather than trade agreements. If he keeps up this particular dynamic of protectionism, I expect that the European Union will continue to forge deals around the world," Hogan told Irish national broadcaster RTE.
Making Our Beaches Safer Ahead of Summer
10 September 2019
The State’s waterways will have enhanced safety this summer with the arrival of new vehicles and jet skis following a major funding investment from the NSW Government.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott visited Wanda Beach today to inspect some of the 11 new vehicles and 11 new jet skis for Surf Life Saving NSW.
The new equipment forms part of a $16 million funding package over four years for SLSNSW which enhances the capability and support for volunteers at their 11 branches across the State.
Each vehicle and jet ski is fitted with GPS tracking to ensure the safety of volunteers who are often working alone or with just one other person in remote areas. The vehicles are also fitted with shark alarms to warn swimmers.
“The NSW Government recognises the contribution surf lifesavers make to protecting and saving lives along our coastline and we are pleased to be able to support the organisation with fit for purpose rescue equipment,” Mr Elliott said.
“These new vehicles and jet skis will be put to good use this summer to protect our waterways, but I still encourage everyone to be safe and take care in the water.”
SLSNSW CEO Steven Pearce says the new rescue equipment rolling out will better support and enhance the safety of frontline volunteers.
“Our members are often called out to serious emergencies along the coast and now they will have the support of dedicated rescue-ready gear to respond to incidents out of hours and in tricky situations,” Mr Pearce said.
SLSNSW is increasingly expanding its services beyond just beach patrols during the summer with volunteers called on to respond to searching for missing swimmers, rock fishers in trouble and watercraft users in distress on a 24/7 basis.
Last year SLSNSW received almost 600 requests for assistance from Emergency Services that were responded to by volunteers.
Extended Foodbank Funding to Help Regional NSW
10 September 2019
Charities in rural and regional NSW that receive food supplies from Foodbank NSW & ACT (Foodbank), will not have to pay a transport fee per delivery thanks to the NSW Liberals and Nationals in Government committing another $630,000 in funding.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro announced the continuation of funding for one year while visiting Anglicare in Queanbeyan today.
“This funding support will mean charities in regional and rural areas who are doing it tough due to the extended and ongoing drought will not be slugged additional transport fees for the food supplies that feed our most vulnerable, this is a vital service and we are committed to it.
“By helping Foodbank in this way, regional charities will now have more money in their pockets to buy more food, and in turn, deliver food relief for more people in need,” he said.
Foodbank NSW & ACT CEO Gerry Andersen said the extension of support from the NSW Government means that more money can be put towards food supplies, instead of transport costs.
“More than 35 per cent of the food distributed by Foodbank NSW & ACT is delivered to charities located in regional NSW,” Mr Andersen said.
“Last year, Foodbank NSW & ACT delivered more than 4,000 tonnes of food to our regional charity partners, which equates to 7.6 million meals.
“Despite these deliveries, those charities need a whopping 41 per cent more to meet demand.
“This support from the NSW Government means on average, our regional charity partners will have an extra $150 every week to put towards food supplies, instead of covering transport costs.
“We applaud the NSW Government for extending commitment to the equal support of regional and city charities, ensuring no one in NSW is disadvantaged simply because of where they live,” he said.